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November 2019

Amazon forest responses to drought: scaling from individuals to ecosystems

November 8, 2019 @ 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   Speaker:  Dr Scott Saleska, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Scaling from individuals or species to ecosystems is a fundamental challenge of modern ecology and understanding tropical forest response to drought is a key challenge of predicting responses to global climate change. Scott will synthesize his developing understanding of these twin challenges by examining individual and ecosystem responses to the 2015 El Nino drought at two sites in the central Amazon of Brazil, near Manaus…

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An optimistic vision for a sustainable, wild, and socially just world

November 15, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Halford Mackinder lecture theatre, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxon OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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https://www.youtube.com/embed/TlRT1VK0-tY Speaker:  E.J. Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford In 2020, governments will hopefully agree upon a new vision for nature and people that tackles the linked sustainability challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and human development in an integrated way. But how can high-level aspirations be translated into real, and timely, change on the ground, where complex ecological and social processes intertwine to constrain and derail the change needed for sustainability? Using examples from her work…

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Taking a landscape perspective on social and ecological resilience

November 22, 2019 @ 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 here   Speaker:   Dr Alexandra Morel, Post-doctoral Researcher, Zoological Society of London/Honorary Research Associate, University of Oxford Even under current climate conditions, it is difficult to predict how a complex system such as a forest ecosystem or agriculturally dependent community will respond to a climate shock. Unfortunately, at the same time our knowledge of these systems is dramatically improving, our accelerating carbon emissions are rapidly changing the conditions under which these systems have evolved.…

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December 2019

Towards a better understanding of why and how plants became woody during evolutionary history

December 6, 2019 @ 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:  Dr Frederic Lens, Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Netherlands Woody plants (trees and shrubs) cover 30 percent of the planet's land area and offer crucial ecosystem services. It is unclear, however, why some plants are woody and others herbaceous. To this day, scientists have failed to provide satisfying answers, probably because wood formation is a complex process that can be triggered in different and largely understudied ways. As a first essential step…

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January 2020

Citizen science and botanic knowledge among herders and farmers in Kenya: the Sapelli mobile data collection app

January 24 @ 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 Researchers from UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science Research Centre will present on the latest developments of the Sapelli mobile data collection software, through which non-literate communities contribute to knowledge co-production practices addressing problems and issues that are important to them, in some of the most critical environments on Earth. This involves case studies including a recent project with Maasai warriors in Kenya who collect data for flora, and a 15 minute…

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People of the Rainforest: The Villas Boas Brothers, Explorers and Humanitarians of the Amazon

January 31 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX5 1NS United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome.  Book here Speaker:  Dr John Hemming, author and explorer The young Villas Boas brothers became South America's most famous explorers in their day, by leading the first government-sponsored venture to cut into Amazonian forests (rather than by river) followed by years of further trail-cutting and mapping. They used their media fame to help the indigenous peoples of the upper Xingu throughout the second half of the twentieth century. They devised a new…

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February 2020

Lessons from intensifying agriculture

February 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.  Book here Speaker:  Dr Barbara Smith, Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University In agriculture, intensification of production is 15 years ahead of forestry. The literature differentiates between sustainable farming, and sustainable intensification. Sustainable farming aims at a system where natural, social & human capital are not depleted by farming; Sustainable Intensification (SI) is production focused, aiming to increase production without depleting this capital. Increasingly, in agriculture, there is…

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Global changes and the challenge of sustainable development: how is nitrogen enrichment affecting ecosystem functioning and services?

February 14 @ 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:  Luísa G. Carvalheiro, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil Atmospheric nitrogen deposition and other sources of environmental eutrophication have increased substantially over the past century worldwide, notwithstanding the recent declining trends in Europe. Soil eutrophication affects plants as well as their interactions with multiple primary consumers, with consequences for overall ecosystem functioning. Currently, Luísa's research group focuses on the study of how such impacts propagate through ecological…

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POSTPONED – The sensitivity of Amazon forests to global change: a multidisciplinary perspective

February 21 @ 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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OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome. Speaker:  Dr David Galbraith, University of Leeds Please note that this seminar has been postponed.  A new date will be fixed shortly.

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Have the Lungs of our Planet been pushed to their limits?

February 28 @ 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:  Wannes Hubau, PhD, Ghent University, Belgium Intact tropical forests captured 15% of our carbon dioxide emissions over the early 2000s, storing it in wood and other forms of biomass. However, the capacity of Amazonian forests to capture excess carbon from the atmosphere is waning. In this seminar, Dr Wannes Hubau will show how the African tropical forest ‘carbon sink’ is evolving and whether we have pushed ‘The Lungs of our…

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