The often opportunistic nature of biological recording via citizen science initiatives can lead to data that are biased towards particular species, places or seasons. However, such biases may give valuable insight into volunteers’ recording behaviour.
Publication date: 14 September 2016
As part of her MRes project with CBER, Jennifer Choyce spent two months in Bermuda looking into the impacts of climate change on calcifying species associated with Sargassum seaweed. Here, she talks about her experience on the project.
Publication date: 20 July 2016
Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to UCL-led research.
Publication date: 15 July 2016
Thousands of species have been moved by people
to areas where they do not naturally occur. These alien species can have
negative impacts on the environments into which they are introduced. Given the
vast number of aliens, and the broad range of impacts they can have, how do we
identify which are the worst in order to prioritise our remedial or
preventative actions? One method that shows a lot of promise is the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien
Publication date: 13 July 2016
April 2015 saw the 4th, and largest release of captive bred Regent Honeyeaters (Anthochaera Phrygia) into Chiltern Mt-Pilot National Park, VIC, Australia, and the start of the first field season of my PhD. The captive breeding and release of these birds is a huge collaborative project between BirdLife Australia, Taronga Zoo and The Victorian Government Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Publication date: 14 June 2016
A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.
Publication date: 13 June 2016
The identification of species at risk of extinction is a central goal of conservation, a process that has been spearheaded by the IUCN Red List. Quantitative assessments of more than 80,000 species now exist, forming the basis of a broad set of biodiversity conservation goals and actions, including global and regional target setting, conservation planning, and informing legislative frameworks to protect species.
Publication date: 7 June 2016
A study recently published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B by Sean Jordan, a PhD student in CBER, and others show that non-neutral processes are required if we are to replicate the increase in species richness demonstrated by the Phanerozoic fossil record.
Publication date: 23 May 2016
Prof. Kate Jones took the BBC Radio 4 team from Inside Science out looking for bats on Hampstead Health last week. Kate was using special audio detectors to hear ultrasonic echolocation calls as the bats were busy foraging over head.
Publication date: 20 May 2016
Publication date: 11 May 2016
In a study recently published in Conservation Biology, Judith Ament, a PhD student at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, investigated how South African national parks influence land-cover loss outside their boundaries.
Publication date: 29 April 2016
The biggest library of bat sounds has been compiled to identify bats from their calls in Mexico – a country which harbours many of the Earth's species and has one of the highest rates of species extinction and habitat loss.
Publication date: 14 April 2016
From the 6th to the 10th of March 2016 a group of more than 70 researchers working on policy, environmental management and conservation met in beautiful Monte Verita, Switzerland to examine data needs and gaps for the upcoming IPBES global and regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Sarah Whitmee from CBER attended the meeting, which hosted researchers working across different types of biological systems and brought together data providers alongside some of those charged with conducting the assessments.
Publication date: 5 April 2016