We are holding a symposium on predicting changes in biodiversity loss and consequences for ecosystem function, as part of the London Centre for Ecology & Evolution. Register here. Submit your abstracts for a talk or poster here. We are bringing together scientists tackling this problem using very different methods and working on different systems. Confirmed keynote speakers are Amanda Bates, Andy Hector, Nathalie Pettorelli, Peter Verburg, Cristina Banks-Leite, Adriana De Palma, Michelle Jackson, Felix Eigenbrod, Kate Jones and me.
Symposium on predicting change in biodiversity and ecosystem function
Subject editor for Ecography
I have just become a subject editor for the journal Ecography.
Comparing PREDICTS models for Africa with independent field data
A paper led by Martin Jung was published today. The study compared models of how biodiversity responds to land use across the whole of Africa (using the just-published data from the PREDICTS Project) with independent field data from two localities that Martin collected during his masters course. The study also investigated some of the factors that might have been responsible for the observed differences between the Africa-wide models and the independent field data.
PREDICTS database published
Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk
I am talking about biodiversity loss today at the inaugural Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk.
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Royal Society University Research Fellowship
I start today on a Royal Society University Research fellowship, investigating the combined impacts of land-use and climate change on ecological communities.
Seminar at Sussex University
I am giving a seminar this Thursday (29th September), entitled 'Predicting changes in local biodiversity under human pressures', for the School of Life Sciences at Sussex University.
Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation simulated using the Madingley Model
Biodiversity change in Colombia
Biodiversity inside and outside protected areas
Biodiversity loss past proposed safe limits across most of the world's land surface
A new paper shows that biodiversity loss as a result of land-use change has exceeded the proposed planetary boundary across most of the world's land surface. This paper received good coverage in the media. The full version of the paper is behind a paywall, but you can download an unformatted version here.