Seminar: Forest research and conservation activities in the tropics (16 Mar 16)

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 4-5.15pm, Seminar Room 8.119 (a/b), School of Earth and Environment

Speaker: Dr Andy Marshall, University of York

Dr Andy Marshall from the University of York will be joining us to discuss forest research and conservation activities in the tropics. Andy is a lecturer in the Environment Department at the University of York, and the Director of Conservation Science at Flamingo Land. Andy’s work ranges from ecological and social research in the tropics, to investigations into zoo exhibit design for animal welfare. To reflect this diverse range, Andy founded CIRCLE, a collaboration between the University of York and Flamingo Land whose mission is to use scientific evidence to guide biodiversity conservation, animal welfare and public understanding of the natural world. Amongst other activities, CIRCLE coordinate the Udzungwa Forest Project in southern Tanzania which aims to better protect local forests through environmental education, community support, data collection, and lobbying for conservation action.

Andy will bring us the latest news from the Udzungwa Forest Project and present plans for a new tropical forest field research program in Tanzania, the Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment (FoRCE) aiming to improve our understanding of how forest degradation affects forest health.

This seminar is jointly hosted by the Ecology and Global Change group in the School of Geography, the Sustainability Research Institute and the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre.

Open to University of Leeds staff and students.