SCENARIO: The impacts of long-term declines in insect abundance on ecosystem function
Mr D Roy, Prof T Oliver, Prof J Thomas, Dr T Johns
25 January 2019
The plight of insects has generated worldwide attention from the scientific community and wider public. Recent interest was stimulated by a 27 year study(1) suggesting a loss of 75% in the biomass of flying insects from Protected Areas in Germany, quickly labelled as ‘ecological Armageddon’.
Woodland insect responses to climate change
Dr S Hayward, Dr J P Sadler, Dr C Pfrang
21 January 2019
Forest/woodland systems are major source of biodiversity globally and also play a crucial role in carbon capture/mitigating against rising CO2 levels.
Rewilding and Conservation - Insect faunas and natural grazing
Dr E Panagiotakopulu, Dr P Walsh
10 January 2019
After Vera’s seminal work on rewilding and the evidence for the importance of herbivores as part of the dynamic natural cycle, various rewilding projects across Europe have attempted to protect areas, to provide an understanding of grazing regimes of old breeds of herbivores and to collate data which may be used for conservation.
The establishment of novel insect biodiversity in Britain
Prof C Thomas, Dr H Roy, Dr A Salisbury
9 January 2019
Enrol for a PhD at the University of York to investigate how insect biodiversity is. changing in Britain. You will carry out a mixture of empirical field research,.
Predicting African insect crop pests in real-time
Dr S White, Dr C Cobbold, Dr P Gonzalez-Moreno, Dr S Murphy
18 January 2019
Crop pests are of serious and growing concern throughout Africa, causing significant economic and dietary impacts on humans and livestock.
Re-thinking insect adaptation to Antarctica’s extreme environments
Dr S Hayward, Dr L Orsini, Prof J Colbourne
21 January 2019
Antarctica has been isolated from the other Southern Hemisphere continents for at least 28 million years (Myr). Model reconstructions of the last glacial maximum (LGM ~20 000 years BP) suggest that all low-lying coastal areas on Antarctica, and many sub-Antarctic islands were completely covered by ice.