Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
Theo Tomking considers issues concerning the role of local knowledge and the opportunities new technologies present for agriculture in discussions of how we can produce food for a ‘better’ Anthropocene.
PhD student Katie Noble considers the environmentally sustainable alternatives to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
Postdoctoral researcher Tabitha Kabora briefly outlines why understanding historical land use can provide important insights on contemporary Anthropocene biodiversity patterns and facilitate conservation efforts.
Tree planting might seem like an easy answer to UK net zero efforts. But while the carbon capturing ability of trees is not in doubt, in this blog, Dr Alison Dyke argues that trees offer so much more to urban communities than photosynthesis.
Postdoctoral researcher Harrie Neal considers the need to think about the history of human relations to land in debates about non-native species.
Okay, they’re not exactly Dragons, but dragonflies and damselflies are still pretty cool. Tadhg Carroll takes a look at species which are thriving in the Anthropocene.
The global response to adapting to climate change is fragmented and incremental, undertaken by individuals rather than a comprehensive and coherent effort by communities and institutions, a new study has revealed.
Postdoctoral Researcher Brennen Fagan compares and contrasts different approaches to the problem that history happens only once.
Parts of the Earth will be uninhabitable by 2500 if the current level of effort to address the climate emergency is maintained, a new study predicts.
Postdoctoral researchers Anna Woodhead and Michael Stratigos take us through a thought experiment using archeological data to explore changing ecosystem services through time.
The Prime Minister has pledged to protect 30 per cent of land to support the recovery of nature, but a new study finds that much of the new land that has been allocated to meet this aspiration is not in the highest priority areas for biodiversity conservation.
Jack Hatfield discusses why the way we quantify change in species communities is important.
Scientists studying tropical forests in Africa’s mountains were surprised to uncover how much carbon they store, and how fast some of these forests are being cleared.
Postdoctoral research associate Tabitha Kabora reflects on the upcoming COP26, the importance of international cooperation and coordination in conservation efforts and how archaeology is integral in building resilient futures.
For the last year, Postdoctoral Research Associate Caroline Ward has been working on a project exploring the barriers to accessing greenspaces. Here she summarises why the topic is important.
Michael Stratigos illustrates how Archaeology provides an important perspective in addressing what rewilding actually means and how it could be implemented.
PhD student Jonny Gordon considers the part pollen plays in providing ecologists with a record of past plant communities.
PhD student Alex Payne looks at how the geological record has a fundamental role to play in comprehending the modern world.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Brennen Fagan looks at the subject of speciation and how different groups have tried to tackle it.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Anna Woodhead looks at whether coral reef fishers have perceived changes in the benefits associated with coral reefs.
UK landowners and conservationists welcome wider-spread use of Gene Conservation Units (GCUs) to help protect some of the rarest plants and insects, research at the University of York has shown.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Tadhg Carroll discusses two popular science books that help unpick data driven claims, and shows why they're useful for getting a handle on LCAB’s field of research.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Michael Stratigos considers the importance of knowing where to plant trees versus where to reinstate and promote the development of bogs.
Pete Yeo, reconciliation ecologist and nature mentor, explores Britain's ecology through the lens of William Blake's poem 'And did those feet in ancient times'
Dr Sarah Bezan, LCAB postdoctoral researcher, explores how the category of “endling taxidermy” has emerged in the wake of the sixth mass extinction.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the North of England – leading to more deaths and greater social and economic hardship than any other region in England, according to a new report.
The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) is delighted to announce that we've moved into a newly refurbished space in the Berrick Saul building on Campus West at the University of York.
A new study, published by the European Forest Institute, calls for collective action to put nature at the heart of the economy and set the world on a sustainable path.
Some of Europe’s native butterflies may have to be moved to colder climes if they are to survive global warming, a new study suggests.
COVID-19 is a horrible global crisis. Yet, like previous horrible global crises, including WWI and WWII, it also presents an opportunity and an obligation to rebuild our global society to adapt to changing conditions.
The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) is funding a new research project aiming to explore the drivers behind inequalities in accessing greenspaces in Leeds.
A couple of our researchers give their points of view on the planned release of a small herd of wild bison in Kent, as part of a £1m project to reintroduce the animals and help secure the future of an endangered species.
Professor Robert Costanza and Dr Ida Kubiszewski talk Ecological Economics and how it can help create a prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable future.
Conservation management around the margins of agriculture fail to protect butterfly species at greatest risk from the intensification of farming, a new study says.
Forest conservation areas in oil palm plantations play a vital role in storing carbon and boosting rainforest biodiversity, a new study on palm oil agriculture in Borneo has revealed.
Professor Kate Pickett explores the local biodiversity of Askham Bog Nature Reserve.
Local community involvement is vital in efforts to raise water levels to help restore Indonesia’s tropical peatlands, a new study has found.
An international team of researchers, including academics from the University of York, are working to help identify priority forest areas for protection on Borneo.
Inês Martins has been awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship.
Non-native plants are providing new homes for Britain’s insects - some of which are rare on native plants, a new study has found.
Professor Chris Thomas, Director for the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, has been named as a Highly Cited ‘Cross-Field’ Researcher.
Researchers who set out to test the widespread theory that the UK is experiencing an alarming plunge in insect numbers have found no evidence for ‘Insect Armageddon’.
Professor Robert (Bob) Costanza has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, for his work related to public policy.
Scientists have discovered why climate change may be contributing to the decline of some British butterflies and moths, such as Silver-studded Blue and High Brown Fritillary butterflies.
Many insects moving north in response to climate change find they have nowhere to go in Britain’s intensively managed landscapes, according to new research.
Researchers have discovered the first evidence of tropical insects shrinking in size in their bid to survive rising temperatures.
Connected areas of high-quality forest running through oil palm plantations could help support increased levels of biodiversity, new research suggests.
Faster rates of climate change could be increasing the diversity of plant species in many places, according to research from the University of York.
A new report suggests that in addition to producing clean energy, solar farms could offer a vital boost to Britain’s rare species.
The Leverhulme Trust Board has announced it will fund up to £10 million over the next 10 years to establish a new centre for research on biodiversity change at the University of York.
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