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CBER Post-doc Lizzie Boakes publishes new paper

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CBER Post-doc Dr Lizzie Boakes, alongside Dr Ben Collen, has authored a paper entitled 'Inferring species extinction: the use of sighting records' which has been published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Paper published by PhD Student Tim Lucas

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Estimating the absolute density of a species in an area is difficult. Did your survey count few individuals because the species is rare, or because it is easily missed? We have developed a method for estimating absolute density using data collected with camera traps and acoustic detectors. We tested the validity of the new method using spatial simulations. As sensors such as camera traps and acoustic detectors become more ubiquitous, the method will be increasingly useful for monitoring unmarked animal populations across broad spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales.

Human activity puts Earth’s systems at risk

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A paper coauthored by CBER's Director, Professor Georgina Mace, was published in Science today.

NERC Short Course - Species Distribution Modelling Videos

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The set of talks which were filmed over two days in November 2014, which introduces the field of Species Distribution Modelling (also called Ecological Niche Modelling) are now available to view via YouTube.

Ant Colony Size Predicts Division of Labour

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A new report published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, by CBER, ZSL and UEA student Henry Ferguson-Gow found that the division of labour within an ant colony depends on the colony size.

New NERC short courses available

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CBER has recently been awarded funding by NERC to run two short courses;

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

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Tiger Swallowtail

by UCL News

Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers. 

Asian common toads in Madagascar

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The Asian common toad has recently been found in Madagascar, this has raised fears that it will create ecological destruction similar to its relative; the cane toad which was introduced into Australia. 

UCL – French Embassy ‘State of Nature’ Conférence-Débat Series 2014 - Technology for Nature?

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Date & Time: 10th June 2014 6 – 7:30pm

Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London,followed by a wine reception in Darwin Building, B05 & B15.

Conservation should protect genetically isolated species, not just the most rare

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Dr David Redding has co-authored an article in The Conservation, discussing which species of birds need protection and how this should be decided. The article discusses the use of evolutionary distinction to discuss preserving genetic diversity. 

Goodbye Maldives, Hello Chagos! - David Curnick's research in Chagos

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PhD Student, David Curnick has reached Chagos, where he is monitoring sharks, manta rays and dolphins, as well as servicing arrays within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Chagos. An update of his recent research can be found on his blog. 

Use it or lose it: measuring trends in wild species subject to substantial use

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A new paper co-authored by Dr Ben Collen, looks at the sustainable use of wild animals and plants to ensure that their future is protected for future generations. 

Ben Collen talks to Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

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Dr Ben Collen was interviewed earlier this month to discuss the Global Biodiversity Atlas, a resource that provides information on freshwater across the globe. 

The full interview is listed below: 

Prof. Kate Jones talks to BBC Inside Science

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The tools and gadgets available to remotely track animals and monitor populations and their habitats are getting better and more mechanised. Cameras mounted on birds can record where they fly; audio recordings capture bat calls; satellite images monitoring habitat change. However all this digital data needs to be analysed. Professor Kate Jones, an expert on biodiversity at University College London, thinks that this is where more technological advances are needed. She wants image recognition programmes to scan through millions of remote camera images, or sound recognition of hundreds of thousands of bat calls to be developed.

Study into prediction of extinction risk due to climate change - Dr Pearson

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Published today in Nature Climate Change, the results of a study led by Richard Pearson (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) and by Resit Akçakaya (Stony Brook University, New York), shows that climate change may not be fundamentally different from other extinction threats in terms of identifying species in danger of extinction. The study identified factors that predispose species to high extinction risk due to climate change in order to help conservation efforts to classify species that are most in danger.

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