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The nineteenth conference of the series in March 2018 was attended by over 300 people including 204 postgraduate students from 51 countries and 93 staff from 37 conservation agencies and NGOs.

Student Conference on Conservation Science, 26-29 March 2018



Tuesday 27 March 2018


08.30 – 09.45       Registration in Department of Zoology (Elementary Lab)

09.45 - 09.55        Welcome                                         Beverley Glover (University of Cambridge, UK)

09.55 - 10.00        Introduction to the conference  Rosie Trevelyan (Tropical Biology Association, UK)

10.00 - 11.00        Plenary talk     David Kleijn (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

                          Stumbling in the dark: the quest for effective nature conservation in human-dominated landscapes

                                                                                                      Chair: Juliet Vickery (RSPB)


11.00 - 11.30        Coffee (Elementary Lab)


11.30 - 12.50        Student talks: Session 1                       Species’ responses to changing habitats

                                                               Chair: Steffen Oppel (RSPB)

Landscape-scale effects of agriculture on birds and butterflies                      Silvia Zingg (Switzerland)

Segregation of shorebirds on mudflats leads to differences in vulnerability Tong Mu (China)

Impacts of rainforest transformation on bats                                               Neil Jun Lobite (Philippines)

Fragmented phylogenetic diversity of bats                                         Sabhrina Gita Aninta (Indonesia)


12.50 - 14.00        Student posters: Session 1, with lunch (Elementary Lab)


14.00 - 15.30        Workshops: Session 1


15.30 - 16.10        Tea (Elementary Lab)


16.10 - 17.30        Student talks: Session 2         Overexploitation: impacts and potential solutions

                                                         Chair: Fangyuan Hua (University of Cambridge)

Commercial poaching in Namibia                                                               Elizabeth Naro (USA)

Elephants striving to avoid poachers                                                            Festus Ihwagi (Kenya)

Harvesting disturbance and forest birds                                                     Jessica Leaver (South Africa)

Designing tools to reduce hunting                                                               Sorrel Jones (UK)


17.30 - 19.00        Who’s who in conservation? (David Attenborough Building)

                                Posters from conservation organisations, pizza and drinks


19.00 - 20.30        Evening session (Babbage Lecture Theatre)

                                Plenary talk                                     Paula Kahumbu (WildlifeDirect, Kenya)

                                Rethinking the future of Africa's wildlife

followed by a panel discussion       

Chair: Ian Owens (Natural History Museum, UK)


Wednesday 28 March 2018


08.30 - 09.00        Registration (Elementary Lab)


09.00 - 10.00        Plenary talk               Rashid Sumaila (University of British Columbia, Canada

The conservation and fair sharing of ocean and fishery resources: contributions from fisheries economics                                     

Chair: Heather Koldewey (ZSL)


10.00 - 11.00        Student talks: Session 3                        Perspectives in marine conservation

                                                                                                  Chair: Cleo Small (BirdLife International)

Future distributions of Antarctic fishes                                                         Jennifer Freer (UK)

Acoustic tracking of reef mantas                                                                  Edy Setyawan (Indonesia)

Assessing the biodiversity of untouched hydrothermal vents                     Abbie Chapman (UK)


11.00 - 11.30        Coffee (Elementary Lab)


11.30 - 13.10        Student talks: Session 4                         Applying new technologies

                                                                 Chair: Stephanie  O’Donnell (Wildlabs)

Non-invasive detection of white-clawed crayfish using eDNA                         Christopher Troth (UK)

Haematology and climate change                                                                       Adriana Flores (Mexico)

Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore offshore ichthyofauna and habitat 

Rio Button (South Africa)

DownScan sonar mapping of seagrass                                                                 Sarah Meek (UK)

Whales from space                                                                                          Hannah Cubaynes (France)


13.10 - 14.40        Lunch and networking (Elementary Lab)


14.40 - 15.00        Conference photograph


15.00 - 16.00        Student talks: Session 5             Insights from communities and populations

                                                                   Chair: Ricardo Rocha (University of Cambridge)

Restoring ecological interactions through species reintroductions                         Luísa Genes (Brazil)

Monitoring birds using acoustic dissimilarity                                 Solohery Rasamison (Madagascar)

Landscape genetics of endangered waterbirds                                                   Charles van Rees (USA)


16.00 - 16.30        Tea (Elementary Lab)


16.30 - 17.30        Student talks: Session 6                         Signs of success

Chair: Rebecca Miller (IUCN)

Distribution change in giant pandas                                                               Qiongyue Zhang (China)

Endemic fish species recovery in undammed tributaries of the Western Ghats   

Vidyadhar Atkore (India)

Lions grow corn                                                                                   Liomba-Junior Mathe (Zimbabwe)


17.30 - 18.40        Student posters: Session 2, with wine and food (Elementary Lab)


18.40 - 20.10        Workshops: Session 2


20.30 - 23.00        Party (St Catharine’s New College Bar)

Thursday 29 March 2018


08.30 - 09.00        Registration (Elementary Lab)


09.00 - 10.20        Student talks: Session 7                         Lessons from listening

                                                       Chair: David Thomas (Cambridge Conservation Initiative)

Ebola, psychology and habitat conservation                                                      Stanislas Zanvo (Benin)

The sustainability of forest user groups in Uganda                               Edmand Aryampika (Uganda)

Dissecting China’s conservation framework for national parks                         Weiyang Zhao (China)

Perceptions of trade-offs between conservation and poverty reduction            Rylida Vong (Cambodia)


10.20 - 11.00        Coffee (Elementary Lab)

11:00 - 12.00       Plenary talk                     Rosie Woodroffe (Zoological Society of London, UK)

                                From enthusiasm to evidence: conserving the African wild dog

                                                        Chair: Sam Wasser (University of Washington, USA)


12.00 – 13.00       Student talks: Session 8                         Human-wildlife conflict

                                                        Chair: Sarah Luke (Cambridge University, Zoology Museum)

Human-wildlife conflicts motivated by superstitious beliefs                          Mariana Catapani (Brazil)

Current and past distribution of Asian elephants and human-elephant conflict  Ange Tan (Malaysia)

Understanding the man-eating tigers of Sundarban                                               Manjari Roy (India)


13:00 - 14.20        Lunch and networking (Elementary Lab)


14.20 - 15.20        Student talks: Session 9                         Dogs, frogs and logs

Chair: Kelly Malsch (UNEP-WCMC)

Conservation gone to the dogs?                                                                Monisha Mohandas (Malaysia)

Conservation biogeography of Mauritanian amphibians                       Marta Sampaio (Portugal)

Who deforests the Amazon, and how?                                                       Heliz Costa (Brazil)


15.20 – 15.50       Tea (Elementary Lab)


15.50 - 16.10        Prizes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

16.10 - 16.20        Closing remarks                                                                              


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