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The Interdisciplinary Conservation Network (ICN) aims to provide opportunities for Early Career Researchers to develop transferable skills and leadership; come together to think through cross-cutting and topical issues; and develop collaborative research with other ECRs from around the world.
Posted on 3 November 2023
PhD student Andrew Gibson discusses a recent LCAB research forum led by Dr Felicia Liu, a lecturer in sustainability in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York.
Posted on 25 October 2023
Postdoctoral research associate, Tadhg Carroll discusses the utility and possible implications of viewing recent biodiversity change, as adaptation to shifting environments.
Posted on 13 October 2023
In July, LCAB’s Katie Noble and I climbed into some metal and carbon fibre tubes and travelled through the sky and the future to The Land Down Under. Apparently, the hippie trail is rewilded, and gassy, fried-out Kombis are harder to come by, so aeroplanes it was.
Posted on 3 October 2023
Everyone at LCAB would like to offer their congratulations to Dr Inês Martins, who has recently had a paper published in Science!
Posted on 25 September 2023
Postdoctoral researcher, Hanna Pettersson, looks back on her first year with the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity and discusses the contemporary topic of Rewilding.
Posted on 22 September 2023
Postdoctoral Research Associate Jamie Carr describes why he feels greater attention should be given to the non-environmental enabling conditions that can facilitate better conservation outcomes.
Posted on 11 September 2023
Postdoctoral research associate Dr Tabitha Kabora reports on the International Congress for Conservation Biology, held in Kigali, Rwanda 23-27 July 2023 by the Society for Conservation Biology.
Posted on 22 August 2023
Postdoctoral Researcher Brennen Fagan discusses debates centred on biodiversity.
Posted on 10 August 2023
Introduced species are often a complex and contentious issue. Jack Hatfield discusses the case of stoats on the Orkney Islands.
Posted on 8 August 2023
In LCAB last month we were joined by Professor Harriet Ritvo an Arthur J Connel Professor of history at MIT. In a series of group discussions and seminars, we chatted about what biodiversity can do for the arts (a subversion of the common ‘what can the arts do for the sciences?’ question), ‘compensating for loss’ (in terms of extinctions) and how to break down interdisciplinary boundaries.
Posted on 30 June 2023
PhD student Theo Tomking and Artist in Residence Julia Schauerman reflect on the process of collaboration throughout their time working together on the Artist Residencies programme.
Posted on 19 June 2023
PhD student Hien Luong reflects on how he became a researcher at the University of York and how he aims to bring together the disparate worlds of nature conservation and money from the Financial Markets.
Posted on 15 June 2023
As part of the LCAB Artists Residency programme, PhD student Theo Tomking and artist Julia Schauerman have been developing 'Growing Stories for Different Climates.' This will be an acousmatic story composition; a type of storytelling that uses recorded spoken word set within composed sound scenes which evoke specific places and time periods.
Posted on 25 May 2023
In May 2023 LCAB Fellow Dr Jonathan Cane and his research collaborator Dr Andre Prado Fernandes visited Manaus and the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project Area of Relevant Ecological Interest (DBFFP) in Brazil.
Posted on 12 May 2023
Post doctoral researcher, Michael Stratigos, discusses how protected areas are now set to become a key tool in the fight against declines in Biodiversity. Following the Montreal-Kunming COP15 which has seen many national governments pledge to protect 30% of land and sea for the protection of nature by 2030 (the 30 by 30 target), protected areas will see rapid expansion and many other existing designations will be adapted to ensure greater protection of biodiversity.
Posted on 10 May 2023
In early April 2023, PhD student Nikki Paterson attended an intensive political ecology spring school at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Led by Professor Bram Büscher and Dr Robert Fletcher, and hosted by the School of Social Sciences, the week was centred around the theme 'The natures of life and death: Political ecologies of collapse, transformation and revival'.
Posted on 2 May 2023
Jack Hatfield discusses to what extent we can intentionally shape ecosystems and invites your thoughts on the matter.
Posted on 3 March 2023
Artist in Residence Laura Denning and PhD candidate Chantal Berry are roughly halfway through their collaboration as part of LCAB's artists residencies programme. Laura looks forward to plans for the coming months as their research and ideas begin to crystallise.
Posted on 28 February 2023
PhD student Molly Brown discusses how she is interested in the effectiveness of the approaches undertaken to curb consumer demand for ivory, commonly referred to as demand reduction, and assesses the potential for actual behavioural change across the landscape of demand reduction approaches.
Posted on 17 February 2023
Postdoctoral Researcher Brennen Fagan reflects on loss in research, and how some researchers move forward.
Posted on 8 February 2023
PhD student Theo Tomking shares the focus of his research which looks at representations of soils in tropics in the twentieth century.
Posted on 24 January 2023
PhD student Chantal Berry recently visited the Nottinghamshire Archives, to ascertain the sources available for her research into rural soundscapes of early modern England, a broad title for her thesis. Here is Chantal’s account of her visit.
Posted on 13 January 2023
Professor Chris Thomas has reproduced the following article from the conference booklet of a New Networks for Nature meeting. He reflects on being both a scientist and a naturalist and on how we need to change our food production system to sustain our increasing human population.
Posted on 23 December 2022
In the new research paper published in People and Nature, led by post doctoral research associate Michael Stratigos, an important archaeological dataset, Historic Landscape Characterisation, has been brought to bear on how protected areas are biased not only for certain types of physical landscapes and habitats, but also to certain types of historic cultural landscapes.
Posted on 19 December 2022
PhD student Tyler Gaines discusses how countries, governments, and consumer groups are increasingly aware of the potential environmental consequences driven by their consumption behaviour.
Posted on 6 December 2022
What is natural is beautiful. This belief underpins the United Kingdom's policy on National Parks, with National Parks explicitly committed to preserving and enhancing the UK's 'natural beauty'. But what is 'natural'? And what is 'beautiful'?, PhD student Jonathan Gordon asks.
Posted on 16 November 2022
PhD student Megan Tarrant recently returned from the 2022 Earth Systems Governance Conference in Toronto. In this article she considers the topic of “transformation” and how it links to justice, which featured heavily in the conference proceedings.
Posted on 9 November 2022
Postdoctoral research associate Tabitha Kabora reflects on the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, the Global Biodiversity Framework and African development and conservation challenges.
Posted on 4 November 2022
PhD student Chantal Berry has been collaborating with artist Laura Denning, as part of LCAB’s artists residencies programme. She reflects on the progress of the project so far.
Posted on 27 October 2022
Over the past few months, Molly Brown and May Sumbwanyambe have collaboratively worked towards writing a BBC Radio 4 drama as part of the LCAB Artist Residency program. The play uses a Zambian father and daughter’s disillusioned relationship to delve into the complex debate around ivory.
Posted on 21 October 2022
Jack Hatfield discusses his own work and other recent developments regarding European mammals.
Posted on 10 October 2022
As part of LCAB’s artist residencies, electoacoustic composer Julia Schauerman is collaborating with PhD student Theo Tomking. They reflect on the project so far.
Posted on 30 September 2022
Call for Papers for a hybrid (online and in-person) symposium at LCAB, 14-16 December 2022, which will bring together scholars and creative practitioners to consider the intersections of art and science that have been aroused by the prospect of species revival.
Posted on 15 September 2022
Theo Tomking shares how guano in the Seychelles enriches our understanding of the ecological and social tensions in historical efforts at modifying soils.
Posted on 14 September 2022
Sarah Bezan considers the cross-dissemination of artistic and scientific practices and their bearing upon one another.
Posted on 2 September 2022
The in vitro production of real meat from animal cells, known as ‘cultured meat’ (CM), makes it possible to make meat without slaughtering animals. Katie Noble explores this emerging industry.
Posted on 12 August 2022
LCAB supported PhD student, Shuyu Deng recently attended the 58th annual meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Cartagena, Colombia. She writes about her experience.
Posted on 1 August 2022
In early nineteenth century Scotland a wave of popular interest in trees swept the nation. Harrie Neal considers the implications.
Posted on 20 July 2022
Special events exploring research, ecological activism and museum archives 22-23 July 2022
Posted on 19 July 2022
LCAB PhD student Molly Brown considers the complexity of African elephant conservation which is dominated by the ivory trade ban debate in the mainstream understanding of elephant conservation.
Posted on 7 July 2022
Postdoctoral Researcher Brennen Fagan considers a recent piece on the evolution of cooperation and notes its relationship to management problems.
Posted on 30 June 2022
LCAB announces its first ever artist residency scheme, appointing artists to interpret and communicate the Centre's research through a range of unique collaborations.
Posted on 27 June 2022
Earth's population has grown from 3 - 8 billion people over the last 70 years, a shift that has led to a significant increase in global consumption, a more urban population, extensive landscape conversion and a rapidly changing climate.
Posted on 10 June 2022
Postdoctoral research associate Sarah Bezan delves into an imaginative space of future revived species.
Posted on 26 May 2022
Postdoctoral research associate Michael Stratigos considers Archaeology’s role in wetland environment restoration.
Posted on 10 May 2022
Postdoctoral research associate Tabitha Kabora reflects on how biodiversity research and collaboration at all levels is necessary to ensure a more resilient future.
Posted on 26 April 2022
Many of the UK’s protected areas are not delivering for nature and are in poor ecological condition, a new report has found.
Posted on 25 April 2022
LCAB associated PhD student, Tiffany Ki, recently attended the Student Conference for Conservation Science (SCCS). Here she talks about the experience and some of her previous work.
Posted on 5 April 2022
Biodiversity change is complex. As we amass more and more data and aim to make our explanations and predictions global, Jack Hatfield and Tadhg Carroll ask, are we losing sight of these complex details?
Posted on 29 March 2022
University of York academics have contributed to a major report which warns that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruption around the world and the narrow window left to secure a liveable future for all is closing.
Posted on 3 March 2022
LCAB PhD student Chantal Berry suggests that non-visual forms of communication has great potential in conveying the complexities of biodiversity change
Posted on 24 February 2022
Tyler Gaines advocates a systems thinking approach to complex problems.
Posted on 7 February 2022
PhD Student Megan Tarrant looks at what the upcoming Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework means for human rights in conservation.
Posted on 24 January 2022
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.
Posted on 7 January 2022
PhD student Katie Noble considers the environmentally sustainable alternatives to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
Posted on 14 December 2021
Postdoctoral researcher Tabitha Kabora briefly outlines why understanding historical land use can provide important insights on contemporary Anthropocene biodiversity patterns and facilitate conservation efforts.
Posted on 30 November 2021
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.
Posted on 25 November 2021
Postdoctoral researcher Harrie Neal considers the need to think about the history of human relations to land in debates about non-native species.
Posted on 23 November 2021
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.
Posted on 16 November 2021
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.
Posted on 10 November 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher Brennen Fagan compares and contrasts different approaches to the problem that history happens only once.
Posted on 27 October 2021
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.
Posted on 4 October 2021
Postdoctoral researchers Anna Woodhead and Michael Stratigos take us through a thought experiment using archeological data to explore changing ecosystem services through time.
Posted on 29 September 2021
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.
Posted on 7 September 2021
Jack Hatfield discusses why the way we quantify change in species communities is important.
Posted on 1 September 2021
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.
Posted on 26 August 2021
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.
Posted on 16 August 2021
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.
Posted on 3 August 2021
Michael Stratigos illustrates how Archaeology provides an important perspective in addressing what rewilding actually means and how it could be implemented.
Posted on 19 July 2021
PhD student Jonny Gordon considers the part pollen plays in providing ecologists with a record of past plant communities.
Posted on 6 July 2021
PhD student Alex Payne looks at how the geological record has a fundamental role to play in comprehending the modern world.
Posted on 21 June 2021
Postdoctoral Research Associate Brennen Fagan looks at the subject of speciation and how different groups have tried to tackle it.
Posted on 8 June 2021
Postdoctoral Research Associate Anna Woodhead looks at whether coral reef fishers have perceived changes in the benefits associated with coral reefs.
Posted on 26 May 2021
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.
Posted on 11 May 2021
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.
Posted on 10 May 2021
Postdoctoral Research Associate Michael Stratigos considers the importance of knowing where to plant trees versus where to reinstate and promote the development of bogs.
Posted on 20 April 2021
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'
Posted on 4 February 2021
Dr Sarah Bezan, LCAB postdoctoral researcher, explores how the category of “endling taxidermy” has emerged in the wake of the sixth mass extinction.
Posted on 13 November 2020
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.
Posted on 10 November 2020
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.
Posted on 29 October 2020
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.
Posted on 6 October 2020
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.
Posted on 4 October 2020
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.
Posted on 1 October 2020
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.
Posted on 27 August 2020
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.
Posted on 20 July 2020
Professor Robert Costanza and Dr Ida Kubiszewski talk Ecological Economics and how it can help create a prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable future.
Posted on 3 July 2020
Conservation management around the margins of agriculture fail to protect butterfly species at greatest risk from the intensification of farming, a new study says.
Posted on 25 June 2020
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.
Posted on 26 May 2020
Local community involvement is vital in efforts to raise water levels to help restore Indonesia’s tropical peatlands, a new study has found.
Posted on 1 April 2020
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.
Posted on 12 February 2020
Non-native plants are providing new homes for Britain’s insects - some of which are rare on native plants, a new study has found.
Posted on 16 December 2019
Professor Chris Thomas, Director for the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, has been named as a Highly Cited ‘Cross-Field’ Researcher.
Posted on 19 November 2019
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’.
Posted on 11 November 2019
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.
Posted on 24 October 2019
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.
Posted on 21 October 2019
Researchers have discovered the first evidence of tropical insects shrinking in size in their bid to survive rising temperatures.
Posted on 10 October 2019
Connected areas of high-quality forest running through oil palm plantations could help support increased levels of biodiversity, new research suggests.
Posted on 20 August 2019
Faster rates of climate change could be increasing the diversity of plant species in many places, according to research from the University of York.
Posted on 15 August 2019
A new report suggests that in addition to producing clean energy, solar farms could offer a vital boost to Britain’s rare species.
Posted on 25 June 2019
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.
Posted on 11 January 2019