Is climate change about to expose the isolation of our national parks?

Simon has been researching the ability of animals to migrate between habitats and the state of connectivity of our protected areas, with a particular focus on the Blue Mountains, both in the present and under the influence of a changing climate. Australian World Heritage Areas have recently been suffering from the effects of climate change that…

Connecting Habitats, Connecting Disciplines

James Lee and Simon Nicholas are undertaking research projects as part of the Environmental Management Research Internship. Although at first glance the two projects would appear to be very different in subject matter and approach, a closer look reveals a common theme of ‘connectivity’. Simon’s project is concerned with the isolation of the Blue Mountains…

Fracking and freshwater:

Who is responsible for fracking wastewater and how does that affect Michigan’s economy, communities and ecosystems? This is a map of the State of Michigan. The iconic Michigan glove is surrounded by freshwater lakes – the Great Lakes, which form part of the state’s natural and cultural identity. On this map, the red dots represent…

Rewilding Australia – the dingo dilemma

By Tim Smith 27th April 2014 Many of the world’s largest carnivores are under threat from hunting, habitat loss and climate change, according to a recent paper by ecologist William Ripple and his colleagues from North America, Europe and Australia. Their list of endangered species includes lions, leopards, panthers, tigers, sea otters, polar bears… and…

Rewilding Scotland – can we live with the big, bad wolf?

By Tim Smith April 3rd, 2014 Rewilding is a topical issue in the UK at the moment, largely led by the journalist George Monbiot, who has recently written a book on the subject, entitled ‘Feral.’ In Monbiot’s brave new world, the UK’s green and pleasant landscape comes alive with wolves, lynx and even bears. For…

Citizen science – using people power to fill the conservation data gap

Effective conservation strategies require a detailed understanding of ecosystem functions and trends. However, these occur over such large scales that it is often impossible for scientists to gather enough information to understand them. Scientists are increasingly recruiting members of the public to help fill this data gap – resulting in a boom in the popularity…