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.

A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption.

Food production and biodiversity conservation are in conflict.  Join experts and leading voices from farmers' groups, food suppliers, major retailers, conservationists, scientists, NGOs and policy-makers to debate sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of balancing food security and environmental protection.

Dates: 21 Oct - 22 Oct 2015

Venue: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

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Oxford Food Forum:

Culture, Food, & the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security

Delegates Conference Schedule 2015 – Saturday May 2nd

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College,

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People » Alexandra Morel

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher on the recently launched ECOLIMITS Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project. This project will be monitoring and modeling ecosystem service provision of intact forest and cocoa-dominated or coffee-dominated production systems for neighboring communities. The ecosystem services to be monitored are nutrient cycling (e.g.

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People » Andy Hector

Professor of Ecology

Andy is a community ecologist interested in the relationship between biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems.

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People » Carla Romeu-Dalmau

Post Doctoral Researcher, Biodiversity Institute

Carla’s research aims to improve the socio-economic and ecological understanding of agro-ecosystems.

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People » Cécile Girardin

Postdoctoral Researcher & James Martin Fellow

Cécile is currently a post doc in the Ecosystem Lab. at the School of Geography and the Environment and Director of Oxford Biochar.

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People » Céline Jennison

MPhil Candidate Environmental Change and Management

In 2014, Céline graduated from Cornell University with a BSc in Plant Science and developed a passion for perennial edible landscapes because of their potential to resolve food insecurity. As food systems are deeply intertwined with other systems in society, she enrolled in Oxford’s Environmental Change and Management MPhil program to better understand the ‘big picture’.

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People » Claudia Havranek

DPhil Candidate, Department of Plant Sciences

Claudia’s research focuses on optimising conservation in a functional, agricultural landscape. She considers how land management techniques affect levels of plant diversity and the agricultural yield on British farmland. Her fieldwork is based on the Ditchley Park Estate, Oxfordshire.

Claudia is particularly interested in the importance and effectiveness of agri-environment schemes, with respect to hedgerows and landscape heterogeneity.

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People » David Macdonald

Professor of Wildlife Conservation; Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit & Senior Research Fellowship, Lady Margaret Hall

David Macdonald is interested in the scientific underpinning of practical and policy solutions to problems in wildlife conservation.

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People » Jamie Lorimer

Associate Professor in Human Geography

Jamie's research interests encompass cultural geography, the geographies of science, the politics of Nature and wildlife conservation. His work explores inherently geographical questions that conjoin the social and the environmental sciences. He employs qualitative, visual, ethnographic and historical methods. He has conducted extensive periods of fieldwork in the UK, Sri Lanka and most recently the Netherlands.

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