Biodiversity

Conversion of land for food production is a major threat to biodiversity, while much biodiversity exists on agricultural land. The conservation of wildlife and the maintenance of ecosystem services can be separated from issues of food security.

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Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, University of Oxford, OX1 3PS

The annual Biodiversity Institute Symposium this year will tackle the subject of Biodiversity Resilience. Factors leading to the loss of resilience in social-ecological systems are the focus many excellent on-going research programmes and symposia. However, this two-day symposium aims to highlight the other side of the resilience research agenda – namely factors that promote and lead to resilience of biodiversity. The symposium will showcase ongoing research that examines the biotic and abiotic processes and mechanisms responsible for biodiversity resilience (ranging from genomics to landscape-scale), through to policies and management that ensure resilience of biodiversity now and in the future. Invited speakers will be addressing the following topics and questions:

  • How do we create a resilient arctic ecosystem?
  • How does genomic biodiversity lead to resilience?
  • What is the role of biodiversity in functional resilience of ecosystems?
  • Resilience in the Oceans
  • Policy Trade-offs for Biodiversity Resilience
  • What can long-term records of population and community dynamics tell us about the stability and resilience of biodiversity and ecosystems?
  • Rapid plastic and evolutionary responses to environmental change: from processes to general patterns?
  • Landscape Resilience and Biodiversity in arid environment
  • Governing for resilience
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The doubling of cereal and livestock production in the last half of the 20th century should have resulted in a global food supply being adequate for all but currently, nearly a billion people remain hungry every day.

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This conference directly follows the BSPP presidential conference which runs from the 12th - 13th September 2016. Click here to view more details.


Goal

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*** CANCELLED ***

Unfortunately, the speaker has come down with a virus and this talk has been cancelled

Health, Environment & Development (HED) Interdivisional Research Seminars

Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesday 26th November, 5-6:30pm

Venue: Department of International Development (QEH), Seminar Room 2

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

Speaker: Professor Kate Hill, Oxford Brookes University

'Problem animals leave but the “conflict” persists: people-wildlife narratives and people-wildlife interactions'

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Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).
Everyone is welcome to attend.

> Seminars Programme [pdf]

> Further information: debbie.alder@ageing.ox.ac.uk

Time & Date: Thursday 21st November, from 12.30pm to 2pm

Venue: Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

Convenor: Professor Sarah Harper

Speaker: Dr Michael Bonsall, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

‘Fundamental population dynamics and its implications for understanding agricultural systems and technologies’

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This term each lunch will have a ‘theme’ and two speakers from across the University’s academic community – staff and graduate students – will speak briefly on their work as it relates to a theme.

 

3rd June, Food, Labour and Natural Resources

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Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

The services of ecological systems and the natural capital stocks that produce them represent a considerable share of the total value of the planet. Because these services are not fully captured in markets, they are often given too little weight in policy decisions and this neglect may threaten the sustainability of humans in the biosphere.

This seminar series will synthesize the large (but scattered) existing information about the value of ecosystem services and natural capital and present it in a form useful for ecologists, economists, policy makers, and the general public. It will also be helpful in valuing natural capital in 'green' national accounting systems which are currently being proposed in many countries.

Open to all.

Convenors: Prof Dieter Helm, Prof Cameron Hepburn, Prof Robert Hahn

What can we harm?

Speaker: Kathy Willis, Professor, University of Oxford and Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014

Time: 5-6:30pm

Venue: Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

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Taking place at SSEE, University of Oxford, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ.

Speaker: Tim Searchinger (SSEE and OMS Visiting Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School)

Seminar Summary: What role is growing demand for food, bioenergy and forest products playing and likely to play in deforestation and other losses of terrestrial carbon?   What role do and can yield gains and pasture intensification play in protecting forests?  Many analysts treat such gains automatically as sparing natural lands while other researchers claim that they often lead to increasing deforestation?  Should Africa’s wetter savannas be viewed as a large, environmentally low cost land reserve?  How do we know underutilized land when we see it?  Answers to these questions are often confused by various conventions and misapplications of land use and carbon accounting and by the failure to appreciate the interlinkages of land use changes worldwide. This talk will address these challenges.

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Panel discussion organised by by first year PhD students studying at the University of Oxford as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Evironmental Research. Part of the Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017.

Date: Tuesday 30 May, 17:30-18:30

Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD

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Date: Thursday 11 July 2013

Time: 4:15pm- 6:30pm

Venue: A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Speaker: Dr John F McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Development Programme, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome

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