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March 2019

Infrastructure Tsunami, China’s Belt & Road, and the World’s Rarest Ape

March 25 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX5 1NS United Kingdom
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Photo:  Andrew Walmsley https://youtu.be/cPBU3hTDvb4 OCTF/Oxford Biodiversity Network lecture followed by drinks - all welcome, please book here Speaker:  William F. Laurance, PhD, FAA, FAAAS, FRSQ Distinguished Research Professor Director, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science James Cook University, Cairns, Australia We are living in the most explosive era of infrastructure expansion in human history.  The most ambitious scheme is China’s Belt & Road Initiative, which will involve over 7,000 planned infrastructure and extractive-industry projects that span much of the…

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April 2019

The state-of-knowledge on the mechanisms driving mortality in moist tropical forests

April 4 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Photo of the Amazon near Manaus, CD Koven OCTF seminar followed by drinks – all welcome.  Please book here Speaker:  Nate McDowell, Earth Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Department of Energy Tree mortality is rising in the tropics and throughout the globe, with implications on the carbon cycle and climate forcing.  However, we do not yet understand the causes of this rising mortality, precluding us from mechanistic prediction under future climate.  In this presentation Nate will review our state-of-the-knowledge…

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May 2019

Restructuring of biodiversity in the Anthropocene under habitat loss and climate change

May 3 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome, please book HERE Speaker:  Dr Tim Newbold, Research Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL Rapid environmental changes are driving major changes in the world's biodiversity. In this talk, Tim will present his recent work investigating how habitat loss and climate change are impacting the world's biodiversity. He will highlight the tropics as an area where his work has shown biodiversity to be particularly sensitive to environmental changes. Tim's work aims to…

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Inter- and intra-specific variation in tropical canopy phenology: Insights from field data and images from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

May 17 @ 4:15 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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  OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome - please book HERE Speaker:  Dr Stephanie Bohlman, Associate Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida (currently on sabbatical at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig) Phenology, a sentinel of climate change and mediator of ecosystem processes, is poorly understood in tropical versus temperate forests.  Our lack of quantitative data results in part from the high diversity and limited synchrony of phenological patterns within and…

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Bridging avian biodiversity shortfalls in the Neotropics

May 23 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome - please book HERE Speaker:  Dr Alexander C. Lees, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University Securing the long-term resilience of world’s most speciose avifauna, that of the Neotropics, requires spatially and temporally explicit data to inform decisions.  Alex examines gaps in our knowledge of the region’s avifauna through the lens of the biodiversity shortfall concept; the gaps between realized knowledge and complete knowledge. This framework serves as a useful tool to…

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Improving plant allometry by fusing forest models and remote sensing

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar - all welcome.  Please book HERE Speaker:  Jerome Chave, PhD, UPS Toulouse Allometry determines how tree shape and function scale with size. Allometric relationships help scale processes from individual to global scale, and they constitute a core component of vegetation models. Allometric relationships have been expected to emerge from optimization theory, yet current theory does not suitably predict empirical data. The fusion of high-resolution data, such as airborne laser scanning, with individual-based forest modelling offers insight into how…

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Deconstructing Compensation: Benefit-sharing and co-dependency between oil companies and indigenous communities in Russia and Alaska

May 31 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome - please book HERE Speaker:  Maria Tysiachniouk, Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Durham University; the Centre for Independent Social Research, Russia There is little doubt the benefit sharing policy for Arctic regions is essential, as it impacts the livelihoods of thousands of Arctic residents who depend on land, sea, and access to natural resources. It is important that the energy sector shares a portion derived from the resource extraction with the local inhabitants in…

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June 2019

The phylogeographic structure of tropical plant communities and populations – insights on environmental filtering, dispersal limitation and biogeographic barriers

June 7 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome - please book HERE Speaker:  Olivier Hardy, PhD, Universite Libre de Bruxelles The phylogeographic structure refers to the way phylogenetically related species or populations are distributed across spatio-environmental gradients. These patterns are studied in the frameworks of community ecology (inter-specific level) and population genetics (intra-specific level) but usually using different data analysis tools. However, it is possible to use a common descriptive framework at the two levels and attempt a comparison. Here, Olivier…

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Inside a tropical montane forest: Understanding patterns of plant diversity and ecosystem functioning across the Andes

June 14 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks .  All welcome - please book HERE Andean tropical montane forests (TMFs) are one of the world's most threatened terrestrial ecosystems. Despite representing a small fraction of the world’s tropical forests, they hold high levels of species richness and endemism, and are therefore critical for the conservation of global biodiversity. Unfortunately, our knowledge of the mechanisms shaping species composition, diversity and turnover in TMFs, as well as key ecosystem processes such as carbon storage, are…

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Leaf temperatures in tropical forests: what do we know and why is it important?

June 21 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks.  All welcome - please book HERE Speaker:   Dr Sophie Fauset, Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Plymouth In this talk, Sophie will give an introduction to the biophysics of leaf temperatures, explaining why they are different from air temperatures, and what relevance this has for leaf functioning. She will present research performed in Brazil on current patterns of leaf temperatures measured in the field, and how they respond to warming and elevated CO2 concentration from…

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