Cambridge-designed curriculum teaches schoolchildren about water scarcity and climate activism

Students and teachers across India now have free access to a new curriculum on water security and sustainability, co-developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, which incorporates engagement with climate change and climate activism into their lessons.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 17, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: water conservation biodiversity-conservation climate-change education sustainable-earth

Women in STEM: Flora Donald

Flora Donald is a PhD candidate who splits her time between the Department of Plant Sciences and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Here, she tells us about growing up in a family of gardeners, her research on conserving the native UK juniper, and her love of the Scottish Highlands. 

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Dec. 19, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  biodiversity  conservation  biodiversity-conservation  forest  sustainable-earth  women-in-stem

Women in STEM: Sophia Cooke

Sophia Cooke is a PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology, and a member of King's College. Here, she tells us about splitting her time between Cambridge and Galápagos, why working in the David Attenborough Building is so special, and how a little room in Norfolk with no wifi helped build her confidence as a researcher.  

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Dec. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  biodiversity-conservation  biodiversity  conservation  women-in-stem  sustainable-earth

Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

Largest study yet to compare protected with “matched” unprotected land finds “significantly higher” increases in human pressure – primarily through agriculture – in protected areas across the tropics.

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Oct. 28, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: biodiversity-conservation cambridge-conservation-initiative sustainable-earth

Women in STEM: Dr Alexis Braun

Dr Alexis Braun is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics. Here, she tells us about the importance of mentors, how her research might aid in conservation efforts, and how growing up in a First Nations community in Canada spurred her interest in biology. 

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Sept. 26, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  genetics  women-in-stem  crispr  biodiversity-conservation  reproduction

Past climate change pushed birds from the northern hemisphere to the tropics

Researchers have shown how millions of years of climate change affected the range and habitat of modern birds, suggesting that many groups of tropical birds may be relatively recent arrivals in their equatorial homes.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 10, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change evolution animal birds palaeoclimatology spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation

The cultural significance of carbon-storing peatlands to rural communities

A group of UK and Peruvian researchers have carried out the first detailed study of how rural communities interact with peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon, a landscape that is one of the world’s largest stores of carbon.

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May 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: anthropology amazon south-america carbon spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment environment

Researchers obtain first ever underwater ultrasound scans of wild reef manta rays

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust has successfully scanned a pregnant wild reef manta ray underwater to obtain clear ultrasound images of her foetus, using the world’s first contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.

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April 30, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: manta-ray fertility environment biodiversity spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation

Conservationists share ‘core aims’ but clash over ways forward, study finds

Research reveals rifts within global movement – from economic approaches to protected areas – while confirming support for aims underpinning it. 

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April 9, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: cambridge-conservation-initiative spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation conservation

Species ‘hotspots’ created by immigrant influx or evolutionary speed depending on climate

New research reveals that biodiversity ‘hotspots’ in the tropics produced new species at faster rates over the last 25 million years, but those in temperate regions are instead full of migrant species that likely sought refuge from shifting and cooling climates.

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Feb. 6, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation biodiversity mammals birds

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