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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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March 2020

Climate change risk of tropical forests across spatial, temporal and biological scales

March 6 @ 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.  Book here Speaker:  Dr Michael O'Brien, PhD, Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain Climate change induced biodiversity loss is occurring at unprecedented rates, and predicting where, when and why remains an intractable task facing scientists. It is becoming evident that accurately predicting biodiversity loss requires research that traverses spatial, temporal and biological scales. Mikey's work has focused on disentangling the relative importance of plant traits, plant–plant interactions at…

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CANCELLED: Tackling cocoa-led deforestation in West Africa – film screening and Q&A

March 13 @ 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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  Film screening and Q&A followed by drinks - all welcome. Speaker:  Bastien Sachet, CEO, Earthworm Foundation If you have eaten chocolate recently the chances are the cocoa in it was grown in the Ivory Coast - the West Africans produce 40% of the world’s cocoa. Cocoa is grown there exclusively by smallholder farmers, but in an attempt to improve their yields a growing number of farmers are cutting down forests to plant their crops.  If they continue at the…

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CANCELLED: Deforestation is just the start – the full climate impact of losing intact forest landscapes

March 20 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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  OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome Speaker:  Tom Evans, PhD, Lead, REDD+ and Forest Conservation Program, Wildlife Conservation Society Tom works for WCS where, among other things, he coordinates the Forest for Life partnership which aims to secure a future for the world’s most intact forests, and to put ecological integrity at the heart of all forest management decisions. He will speak about a high profile recent paper, led by Sean Maxwell (University of Queensland) and Yadvinder…

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POSTPONED: Defaunation and trophic cascading in the Anthropocene: ecological erosion in the tropics

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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. Speaker:  Ana Benitez, Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación Postdoctoral Fellow, The Integrative Ecology Group, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC) Tropical forests are increasingly degraded by industrial logging, urbanization, agriculture and infrastructure, with only 20% of the remaining area considered intact. However, this figure does not include other, more cryptic but pervasive forms of degradation, such as overhunting. In this seminar Ana will discuss how to quantify and map the spatial patterns of…

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