Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels This month we celebrated Earth Day and saw plans, targets, and strategies set in motion in the run-up to COP26, taking place in Glasgow at the end of this year. UK The UK government has announced their most ambitious climate change target this month, to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. … Continue reading Looking towards COP26: April 2021 Policy News
In this latest Conservation Careers Stories episode Rosalie Wright interviews Dr Eleanor Drinkwater, who recently completed her PhD at the University of York. Eleanor is an experienced science communicator and outreach coordinator. She has spoken for the Royal Geographical Society and has previously received awards for her work from the Scientific Exploration Society. Listen to … Continue reading #CareersStories: Discussing expeditions, outreach and the importance of mentorship with Dr Eleanor Drinkwater.
Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on Pexels.com Author: Emma Cartledge Twitter conferences are not a new idea, however they proved to be invaluable in 2020. A Twitter conference gives presenters the opportunity to publish a certain number of Tweets in a ‘thread’, under a particular hashtag. Twitter offers an international, far-reaching, succinct way to communicate, … Continue reading TropiCon Reflections – tips for organising twitter conferences
After a short break, we’re back with another Careers Stories interview: this month, Rosalie Wright speaks with David Bartholomew, an intrepid PhD student who moved in his career from conservation of marine ecosystems to his current research on impacts of climate change on tropical forests. Listen to the interview here or scroll down if you prefer … Continue reading #CareersStories: Juggling PhD, outreach and a young NGO – with David Bartholomew.
This time on #BESConservationCareersStories, Anna Kellner speaks with Faith Jones, a postdoctoral researcher studying the winter hardiness of wine grapes at the University of British Columbia. Faith just completed a PhD in global biodiversity patterns at the University of St. Andrews and is interested in recent ecological change, biodiversity, and community ecology. Short Bio: 2019 … Continue reading Faith Jones on vineyards, models, and learning with farmers. #BESConservationCareersStories
This month Rosalie Wright talks to Tanesha Allen, a (nearly finished) PhD student in the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), at the University of Oxford. Tanesha’s long-held interests in animal behaviour and conservation led her to study for a Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, then onto her current PhD work investigating communication in … Continue reading Tanesha Allen on animal behaviour research, science communication and outreach #BESConservationCareersStories
This month on our Conservation Career Stories series Rosalie Wright speaks with Liv Grant, who is a documentary researcher and filmmaker. She is a keen adventurer and winner of the 2018 Scientific Exploration Society Rivers Foundation Award for her challenging work in the Marquesas Islands. Liv is currently based at the BBC Natural History Unit … Continue reading Documentary research and filmmaking – interview with Liv Grant #BESConservationCareersStories
Conservation Research, Policy and Practice The BES has published its first open access book: Conservation Research, Policy and Practice edited by Bill Sutherland, Peter Brotherton, Zoe Davies, Nancy Ockendon, Nathalie Pettorelli and Juliet Vickery. How should evidence be collated and presented to policymakers to maximise its impact? How can effective collaboration between conservation scientists and decision-makers be … Continue reading New book: Conservation Research, Policy and Practice
This month Rosalie Wright talks to Holly O’Donnell, a researcher at the Wildlife Conservation Unit (WildCRU), Oxford University. Holly has spent a number of years working in South America from Paraguay to the Peruvian Amazon. Her current work involves processing camera trap images from the Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme but her interests range from small and … Continue reading #BES ConservationCareersStories: Holly O’Donnell
It’s important as conservationists to take time to not only worry about nature and care for it, but to celebrate its joys as well. As lockdown has simply forced us to stay put, many people are noticing nature more in their local area, and perhaps appreciating it on a deeper level. After all, human movements … Continue reading Homeschooling for nature: The “Lost Words” Wildlife & Poetry activity packs
First up this month, a new book from Bill Sutherland and colleagues, Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, has been published by the BES’s Ecological Reviews. Aimed at both researchers and practitioners, the book provides insights from scientists, government agencies and advisors, and NGOs on all aspects of how to get good evidence into conservation policy … Continue reading April 2020 – Policy News
This month Rosalie Wright talks with Hollie Booth – a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS) at the University of Oxford. Her current work focusses on understanding the biological, technical and social drivers behind shark fisheries, but her career background includes environmental policy in Cambridge, UK, community-based tourism in Ethiopia and … Continue reading Hollie Booth – #BESConservationCareersStories
Image: DG EMPL No doubt for all of us, March has been a very strange month. We start off this month's policy news update with a piece from Bill Adams from the “Thinking Like a Human” blog and the University of Cambridge sharing his thoughts on Coronavirus and conservation, discussing what this new pandemic can … Continue reading March 2020 – Policy News
UK: Cabinet reshuffle results in a new Environment Minister. George Eustice MP has been a junior Minister in Defra since 2013. This month, he addressed the NFU annual conference on the future of greener farming, see his speech hereNew POSTnote published on climate change-biodiversity interactionsThoughts from Brexit & Environment team on the road ahead for the environment post-Brexit England: Defra … Continue reading February 2020 – Policy News
In our first blog in the #ConservationCareersStories series, Rosalie Wright talks with Joshua Powell, to hear about his career experiences as a conservation biologist who has a keen interest in the social and political dimensions of conservation. Josh is a National Geographic Explorer and one of the faces for WWF’s #WWF Voices campaign. He has … Continue reading Conservation Career Stories: Joshua Powell