Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Scientists link up to investigate biodiversity


Ecologists and environmental scientists received £1.8 million today to investigate the sustainability of ecosystems, landscapes and livelihoods and how climate change will affect biodiversity in Britain.

The new network links population biology to ecosystem science and economics and is a joint venture between the Natural Environment Research Council (£1.5m) and English Nature (£300K).

It will carry out seven major projects each year and provide a network for scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to solve major environmental problems.

Programme Director, Professor Alastair Fitter says: ’Our environment is undergoing major change. When you set aside a protected area in a fragmented landscape such as Britain, is that sufficient to protect the genetic diversity of its flora and fauna or are they doomed to extinction in the longer term anyway? We expect to find answers to questions like this.’

The five universities - Aberdeen, East Anglia, Leeds, Sheffield and York - will be joined by the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the whole network will be called UKPopNet.

The group will link population biologists with those tackling socio-economic questions. An important issue is conflict resolution, for example the need to preserve biodiversity set against other pressures on the land and the environment.

Professor Fitter, from the biology department at the University of York, is delighted that English Nature is also supporting the programme.

’It is hugely important to us that they are a partner. They will be one of the end users of our work so this is a valuable sign that what we are doing is useful and important.’

Head of Science at English Nature, Dr Kevin Charman says: ’The major challenge facing nature conservation, both on the land and in the sea, is how wildlife populations, communities and habitats will respond to future environmental changes."

’English Nature is extremely excited by the prospect of working with the Natural Environment Research Council and addressing some of these long-term issues. The launch of UKPopNet represents a new and unique partnership bringing together a practitioner and some of the top researchers in the country in order to understand some of the processes underlying population biology.’

Marion O’Sullivan | NERC
Further information:

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Invasive Insects Cost the World Billions Per Year
04.10.2016 | University of Adelaide

nachricht Malaysia's unique freshwater mussels in danger
27.09.2016 | The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Etching Microstructures with Lasers

Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.

This new method was born of a surprising phenomenon: irradiating glass in a particular way with an ultrafast laser has the effect of making the glass up to a...

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years

27.10.2016 | Materials Sciences

OU-led team discovers rare, newborn tri-star system using ALMA

27.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

'Neighbor maps' reveal the genome's 3-D shape

27.10.2016 | Life Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>