The Challenge of Monitoring Biodiversity

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a guest blog by Charlie Outhwaite, written for the 2015 Write About Research Competition. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is a complex term encompassing the variety of life found on Earth. It incorporates not only differences between species but within species themselves and of the environments and ecosystems where they are found. We as humans benefit […]

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Publication date: Sep 27, 2013 3:44:47 PM

Julian Huxley Lecture

"Palaeoecology: “quaint but irrelevant” or essential for conservation biology?"


Kathy Willis
(University of Oxford)
Date & Time:
Wednesday, 12 June at 5pm
Venue: Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre (map)
Host: Jon Bielby (IoZ)


Traditionally there has been little use of palaeoecology in conservation biology with the former often being viewed a purely descriptive and of little use in the actual process of conserving. This talk will tackle this criticism head-on and ask of what use are palaeoecological records to biodiversity conservation and management? Case studies will be presented from on-going research projects in the Galapagos, Madagascar, Tenerife, Mexico, and Congo basin to ask what further information these studies provide when trying to conserve and manage these important biodiversity hotspots.

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