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  • Seminar Richard Primack "The hottest topics in conservation biology (from the Editor of Biological Conservation)"

    2015-03-10, 13:30

    Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University and editor-in-chief at Biological Conservation. Abstract: I will discuss three of the most dynamic areas of research and new practice in conservation biology. First, new technology: conservation biologists are using drones and satellite data to detect illegal activities and monitor animal populations, environmental DNA to detect rare and invasive aquatic species, DNA barcoding to identify cryptic species, and a host of technologies to help establish citizen science networks. Second, balancing biodiversity protection with providing for humans, a timeless but urgent problem: researchers are evaluating the environmental impact of green technologies such as wind farms, valuing ecosystem services, involving people in conservation activities, and preventing illegal activities. And third, expanding long-term, large-scale research and conservation: conservationists are thinking and working productively at larger scales, establishing and connecting protected areas, assisting species migrations in response to climate change, detecting ecological mismatches among species, and evaluating the success of marine reserves, restoration projects, and secondary forests. Research and conservation practice in these three broad areas will shape much of conservation in coming years.

  • Master thesis presentation - Sandra Holmgren

    2015-03-20, 10:00

    Master thesis presentation by Sandra Holmgren: Phylogeny and diversity of the Madagascan Uvarus - a glimpse into the diving beetle tribe Bidessini (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)

  • Seminar Caroline Uggla – The evolutionary ecology of health behaviours in humans

    2015-04-07, 13:30

    Caroline Uggla, University College London. Abstract: In this talk I explore variation in health-related behaviours from the perspective of evolutionary life history theory (LHT). LHT conceptualises behaviour as the allocation of energy to alternative functions and predicts that such allocations will maximise genetic fitness. Various factors such as an individual’s age, sex, mating and parenting status, and characteristics of her local ecology should shift the fitness benefits of favouring somatic maintenance (health) over reproductive effort (mating or parenting). Past literature on health-related behaviours has suffered from methodological limitations, including a failure to simultaneously consider, and thus differentiate, multiple determinants, consideration of how ecological factors vary between individuals and the use of extrinsic mortality rates. The present analyses overcome these shortcomings, utilising data from both low and high-mortality contexts (household surveys from sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Ireland census data). A series of key LHT hypotheses regarding the effects of e.g. local mortality rates, sex ratios, and maternal and child reproductive value are tested.

  • Provföreläsningar BL Etologi

    2015-05-20, 09:00

    Tillsättning av biträdande lektorat i Etologi vid Zoologiska institutionen. LFN2 provföreläsningar

  • Dissertation in Ecology: Diana Posledovich

    2015-06-04, 09:30

    Diana Posledovich will defend her PhD thesis with the preliminary title " Effects of climate on phenological synchronization of butterflies and their host plants". Professor Carol Boggs from the University of South Carolina will act as the faculty opponent. Welcome all! Karl Gotthard