Women in STEM: Fiona Llewellyn Beard

Fiona Llewellyn Beard is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, where she studies salt marshes and how they store huge amounts of carbon. Here, she tells us about how a childhood love of mud pies led to her current research, her love of the outdoors, and how everything in the environment is interconnected. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 28, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

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

Saving ‘Half-Earth’ for nature would affect over a billion people

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say University of Cambridge researchers.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: conservation spotlight-on-conservation spotlight-on-sustainable-earth biodiversity

Sir David Attenborough: "Our planet hangs in the balance"

Forests burn, glaciers melt and one million species face extinction. Can we humans save the planet from ourselves? Here, Sir David Attenborough speaks to us about the climate crisis and his hopes for the future. His words begin our new focus on Sustainable Earth, looking at how we transition to a carbon zero future, protect the planet's resources, reduce waste and build resilience.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability biodiversity conservation environment

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.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 28, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

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. 

Cambridge University News | Sept. 26, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

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 | June 10, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

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.

Cambridge University News | May 21, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

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.

Cambridge University News | April 30, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

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. 

Cambridge University News | April 9, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

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.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 6, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

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

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