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Professor Jenny Clack, FRS, 1947-2020

26 March 2020

clack_prof_jenny_hres.jpg We are very sad to announce the death of our colleague Jenny Clack. Jenny died peacefully at home. Jenny joined the Museum and Department as an Assistant Curator in 1981. She subsequently obtained her PhD in 1984. The University's arcane regulations meant that Jenny was an assistant curator for...

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New Holland honeyeater in flight (c) Jessica McLachlan

Alarm! Quick, move! And stay hidden.

20 February 2020

In the struggle between predators and prey, a split-second can separate the quick from the dead. Alarm calls warning of immediate danger must, therefore, send rapid messages, yet animals often signal more urgent danger using repeated notes. This is paradoxical because more notes take more time to deliver. New Holland...

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New Lecturer in Animal Ecology

29 November 2019

We are delighted to welcome Dr Lynn Dicks as the new departmental lecturer in Animal Ecology. lynn_dicks_july_2019_resized.jpg Lynn re-joins us from the University of East Anglia where she was a Reader in the School of Biological Sciences. Lynn is an applied ecologist with a particular focus on sustainable management of...

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Consumer markets, companies linked to habitat loss for rare species in Brazil’s savannah

31 October 2019

Overseas consumer markets could be responsible for more than half of the impact of expanding soy production on rare species in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, the Cerrado savannah in Brazil, according to a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper, “ Linking global...

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John Johnson, 1945-2019

16 October 2019

john_johnson_christmas_party.jpg The Department is sorry to announce the death of John Johnson on 26th September 2019. John joined the Department at the age of 16 in 1961 as a junior technician. The knowledge he gained from his time as a technician allowed him to move into purchasing and procurement. By the time he left...

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New University Lecturer

4 October 2019

james_herbert-read.jpg We are delighted to welcome Dr James Herbert-Read as the new departmental lecturer in Marine Biology. Dr Herbert-Read joins us from the University of Bristol where he was a Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences. James has a broad interest in behavioural ecology and marine biology...

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New NERC Independent Research Fellow

4 October 2019

mitchell_profile2.jpg We are excited to welcome Dr Emily Mitchell to the Department. Dr Mitchell won her NERC Fellowship to work on a project to assessing the consequences of Ediacaran ecology on early animal evolution. For the uninitiated, the Ediacaran time period is 631-541 million years ago and it is at this time that...

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William T Stearn Student Essay Prize winner

25 September 2019

h_t_soppitt_-_courtesy_of_tolson_memorial_museum_huddersfield.jpg We are delighted to offer congratulations to our PhD student Nathan Smith who has won the Society for the History of Natural History’s William T Stearn Student Essay Prize. William T Stearn, CBE, born in Chesterton, Cambridge, became an outstanding botanical...

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Prof Bill Sutherland working in his office

British Ecological Society honours Professor Bill Sutherland

28 August 2019

We are delighted to offfer our congratulations to Professor Bill Sutherland who has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Ecological Society . This is the highest award the BES gives, recognising exceptional contributions at international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological...

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Mismatch between Global Conservation Priorities and Effort

21 August 2019

Research by the University of Cambridge and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified some key mismatches between global biodiversity conservation priorities and global conservation effort. Conservation resources are scare, biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate, and there is...

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