Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)
CBER is an interdisciplinary centre within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment.
Staff and students in the centre
undertake research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental
change, and are actively engaged in communicating new research and relating
findings to policy.
CBER offers training opportunities, including hosting postdoctoral fellows and supervising research students through the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership and MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation.
A new paper led by CBER scientists presents an approach to improve predictions of species distributions by incorporating the role of interactions between species. The new method shows promise for improving estimates of species ranges, which will have great practical value across a range of applications, including predicting the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, designing better conservation areas, and anticipating the spread of invasive species and zoonotic diseases.
Published: May 10, 2017 1:12:22 PM
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. After four years compiling and analyzing data on site management and fish populations in 589 MPAs around the world, Dr. David Gill and co-authors, including Dr Sarah Whitmee from CBER, discovered that shortfalls in staffing and funding are hindering the recovery of MPA fish populations. While fish populations grew in 71 percent of MPAs studied, the level of recovery of fish was strongly linked to the management of the sites. At MPAs with sufficient staffing, increases in fish populations were nearly three times greater than those without adequate personnel. Despite the critical role of local management capacity, however, only 35 percent of MPAs reported acceptable funding levels and only 9 percent reported adequate staff to manage the MPA.
Published: Mar 27, 2017 11:37:31 AM
Flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families, according to new research involving UCL scientists.
Published: Mar 24, 2017 4:37:03 PM