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November 2018

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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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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Borneo’s tropical forests: carbon sink, vulnerabilities and potential edge resilience enhancement

November 9, 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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View Slides (no podcast available) Speaker:  Dr Lan Qie, Research Associate, Forest Ecology and Conservation Group, Imperial College London Tropical forests play a crucial role in taking up CO2 from the atmosphere. In Borneo, although structurally intact forests have been shown to be a long-term carbon sink, fragmentation and drought are posing progressive and periodical threats to this carbon sink. Lan Qie will discuss long-term above-ground live biomass dynamics based on permanent forest plots across Borneo, and draw attention to the…

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How to map the changing carbon stocks of the world’s tropical forests

November 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Dr Edward Mitchard, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh Edward Mitchard leads a research group working on developing and testing methods of using remote sensing data from satellite and drones to map the carbon stocks of tropical forests and savannas. He will discuss the different types of remote sensing data, and their strengths and weaknesses in mapping deforestation, degradation, regrowth and absolute carbon stocks. All these studies are based on field data, and we…

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October 2018

Tropical Forests in the Earth System

October 25, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford Tropical forests play an important role in the functioning of the Earth system. Attempts to understand some of these roles brings a novel combination of some of the traditional approaches with new toolkits associated with the Earth system sciences, toolkits such as satellite remote sensing, atmospheric observations and global biosphere-atmosphere models. In his talk, Yadvinder will showcase…

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June 2018

Forests and water: advances and controversies

June 22, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Prof Douglas Sheil, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences Recent research has increased our understanding of how trees and forests influence water availability. But major controversies remain. For example, until recently most atmospheric scientists were confident that forests don’t attract rain, but new research challenges that confidence, and suggests that forests play a vastly more significant role in maintaining global rainfall patterns than was previously realized.…

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Life-history strategy schemes in consumer-controlled grassy ecosystems

June 15, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Sally Archibald, Assoc Professor, Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Fire and grazing are competing consumers: large fires reduce the spread of grazing-lawns, and heavy grazing prevents fire spread. The existence of alternative states for tropical ecosystems - fire-prone vs herbivore dominated - has long been discussed, but without much hard evidence.  Sally will review the data on interactions between fire and herbivory, and discuss how feedbacks between tall-grass…

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Stability and Resilience of Tropical Biomes

June 11, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast   Speaker:  Prof Carla Staver, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University A mechanistic understanding of biome distributions is a critical issue in modern ecology, especially in the context of predictive models of past and future climate change. While we can explain the current distribution of many biomes accurately, our predictions are less successful in dynamic systems where vegetation-environment feedbacks are significant. The challenge is to integrate feedbacks more fundamentally into a coherent theory of ecological…

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Exploring the role and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi in tropical forests

June 8, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast (slides not available)   Speaker:  Dr Francis Brearley, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University In this talk, Dr Brearley will discuss his below-ground work on the role and diversity  of ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungi in dipterocarp-dominated forests of South-east Asia.  The talk will start with examining the importance of EcMs in influencing organic nitrogen nutrition of dipterocarp seedlings.  The role of an EcM network in supporting light-limited seedlings is then evaluated. Various techniques for enumerating EcM fungi…

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Factors for success in developing a REDD+ project in the Chyulu Hills landscape of southern Kenya and its integration into a model for long-term conservation financing through multiple ecosystem payments

June 1, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Listen to podcast | View slides   Speaker:  Dr Chris Tuite, Conservational International The Chyulu Hills REDD+ project is one of just two successful REDD+ projects developed in Kenya. The development process took 6 years and has involved bringing together a coalition of stakeholders that includes Kenya’s national parks and forest services, four indigenous Maasai Group Ranches, and three local NGOs. The project is now marketing VCX/CCBS verified  credits. The talk presents some of the key factors and steps – institutional,…

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