Ecology and Conservation lab


NERC-funded PhD studentship available! work in a conservation and policy project to improve the Living Index Planet working at the Institute of Zoology supervise by Robin Freeman, Louise McRae, Mike Hoffmann and me. Application details here DEADLINE 21 January 2022

23-11-2021 Just accepted! led by EcCo member Broke Bessesen "Safe from sunburn: the divergent diel pattern of a Hydrophis sea snake" soon in Ecology and Evolution

11-11-2021 Just published! led by EcCo member Dr Soto Saravia "Threatened neotropical birds are big, ecologically specialized and found in less humanized refuge areas" in Avian Conservation and Ecology

11-11-2021 Just published! New paper led by Dr Samantha Dawson "The traits of 'trait ecologists': an analysis of the use of trait and functional trait terminology" in Ecology and Evolution.

23-09-2021 Version en espanol disponible! Traducción completa del articulo "El valor y limitaciones del conocimiento ecológico local: Una evaluación longitudinal y retrospectiva de especies bandera en Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica" de Brooke Bessesen que fue publicado en ingles en People and Nature

Human impact on the world’s ecosystems is leading to a widespread and accelerating loss of biodiversity. Our research group is interested in understanding the drivers of this loss and finding methods to predict future losses and come up with strategies to halt it. A lot of our work involves analyzing and modelling existing data, but we also "get dirty" sometimes and gather data in the field and lab. Most of the team works on vertebrate species, but our interests are as diverse as life on Earth.

Our lab is in the UK but with a Spanish "jefa" también hablamos español

Version en español: Los impactos del ser humano en los ecosistemas del planeta están llevando a una pérdida generalizada y en aumento de la biodiversidad. Nuestro grupo de investigación busca entender los factores causantes de esta pérdida e identificar estrategias para frenarla. La mayoría de nuestro trabajo consiste en analizar y modelar datos existentes pero a veces también nos ponemos las botas o las batas y salimos al campo o nos metemos en un laboratorio. Solemos trabajar con vertebrados pero nuestros intereses son tan diversos como la biodiversidad de este planeta.

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