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November 2018

Nature conservation amidst violent conflict: guerrilla livelihoods and armed mobilization in Virunga National Park, eastern DRC

November 16, 2018 @ 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 -  book here Speaker:  Dr Judith Verweijen, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex Virunga National Park has been beset by the presence of a multitude of state and non-state armed actors who are involved in the unauthorized exploitation of forest resources. It is also faced with populations trespassing on its territory to engage in ‘guerrilla livelihood’ activities, in particular cultivation, prohibited fishing and charcoal production. At the same time, a plethora of…

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Tropical Rainforests: Example of conservation success

November 23, 2018 @ 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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Speaker:  Tony Juniper, Executive Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, WWF-UK and author of Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines https://youtu.be/BUIYYhmND5w Join Tony Juniper CBE for this seminar where he will speak about the state of the world’s tropical rainforests and what is being done to conserve them. His talk will also explore some of the ways in which positive impacts have been achieved for conservation and set out some of the ways in which we might achieve more in…

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January 2019

Vulnerability and resilience of Tropical Andean biodiversity to climate change

January 25 @ 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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Listen to podcast (slides not available)   Speaker:  Carolina Tovar, Early Career Research Fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Mountain regions are highly threatened by climate change. Both observed and projected changes suggest that the biogeographical range of some species is contracting, local extinctions are occurring, and plant populations typical of these regions are increasingly fragmenting. Carolina will focus on the potential impacts of climate change on tropical alpine grasslands in particular. These grasslands host an exceptionally large number of endemic…

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February 2019

Achieving equity in the context of protected areas

February 1 @ 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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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Dr Kate Schreckenberg, Reader of Development Geography, King's College London As we head for a sixth extinction, the need for biodiversity conservation has never been greater. We are in fact close to meeting targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity to conserve at least 17% of the world’s terrestrial surface and 10% of marine and coastal areas. Yet there is increasing concern about the costs these protected areas impose on local…

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

February 8 @ 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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Unfortunately this seminar has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to be able to reschedule it later in the year. OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome. 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…

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The tropical peat swamps of Southeast Asia – carbon, conflict and compromise

February 15 @ 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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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Professor Susan Page, Professor of Physical Geography, School of Geography, Geology & the Environment, University of Leicester Peatlands are important terrestrial carbon stores and vital components of global carbon soil-atmosphere exchange processes. In this regard, tropical peatlands are important because they are some of the planet’s most carbon-dense ecosystems. Knowledge of the extent of tropical peatlands across the globe is still uncertain, nevertheless there is growing recognition of their significance for carbon…

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Historical fire in Amazonia: charcoal, soil, and plant functional traits

February 22 @ 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 Ted Feldpausch, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Amazonian forests have experienced past periods of reduced precipitation and potentially some degree of pre-Columbian human impact. These historical events may have resulted in fire regimes that differ from those found today, leaving a legacy on forest soils and vegetation. While fire is rare in undisturbed moist tropical forests, this is rapidly changing with forest degradation, fragmentation and deforestation. Understating…

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March 2019

Opportunities and challenges on the application of REDD+ and similar funds to tropical forest conservation

March 1 @ 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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  View slides Speaker:  Dr Tom Martin, Terrestrial Research and Operations Manager, Operation Wallacea The negative impacts of deforestation and habitat degradation in the tropics are well described; they include biodiversity loss, reduction of crucial ecosystems services, and major contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. This last consequence in particular has, in recent decades, led to the creation of major international funding mechanisms such as the United Nations REDD+ scheme which aim to ensure carbon-rich tropical forests remain standing. Funding…

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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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