And then there were 6

Introducing our newest lab member, Taylor Rubin, who will do her PhD research with us. Taylor comes with a slightly unconventional and super appealing background. She obtained her master’s degree in neuroscience and animal behaviour in 2012 from Emory University. Her research subjects were tufted capuchins – am I the only one who wonders if [...]

By |2022-05-20T22:36:06+00:00May 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on And then there were 6

The Urban Ecology lab is growing

Sulaimon Lawal will soon join our lab as my first PhD student. He grew up (and still lives) in Lagos, the largest of Africa’s three megacities. Sub-Saharan Africa! The motherland for our species. The only land that was spared the worst of the Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions. A land of huge cultural and biological diversity. [...]

By |2022-03-04T14:58:13+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Urban Ecology lab is growing

Just out: insect bats & LED streetlighting

These days, we recognise that cities play a starring role in the global climate crisis. Indeed, at least 70 % of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from cities themselves or activities that take place elsewhere but satisfy urban demand for goods and services. So, limiting warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels — a goal [...]

By |2021-05-28T05:28:43+00:00May 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Just out: insect bats & LED streetlighting

The genetic side effects of urbanisation

For humans, urbanisation has generally been beneficial. Cities are often where people find better access to clean water and sanitation, better housing, employment and opportunities for education - hence extensive rural to urban migration. For other species, the effects of urbanisation are mixed, and many urban ecologists have characterised species according to how successful [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:18:54+00:00May 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The genetic side effects of urbanisation

The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

A few weeks ago, I was asked about my thoughts on the urban ecology of COVID-19. Interesting question. One that has had me thinking ever since. There are many dimensions to it. One is the clear link between the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and wildlife markets. Markets where many animal species are densely maintained [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:21:16+00:00May 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation – part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part blog entry. Click here to read part 1. From the perspective of future motivation to conserve biodiversity, one of the most troubling signs of nature-deficit-disorder (NDD) is our reduced connection with the natural world, which may manifest as a reduction in our ability to identify common species. [...]

By |2017-05-09T09:24:28+00:00January 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature deficit disorder in a highly urbanised nation – part 2
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