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The seventeenth conference of the series in March 2016 was attended by over 300 people including 157 postgraduate students from 49 countries and 94 staff from 37 conservation agencies and NGOs.

Student Conference on Conservation Science, 22-24 March 2016




Tuesday 22 March 2016


08.30 - 09.30     Registration in Department of Zoology (Elementary Lab)


09.30 - 09.45     Welcome                                                   Mike Clarke (RSPB, UK)


09.45 - 10.00     Introduction to the conference

                                Rosie Trevelyan (Tropical Biology Association, UK)


10.00 - 11.00     Plenary                            Taylor Ricketts (University of Vermont, USA)

                                Seeing the forest for the bees: the importance of wild pollinators to our economy and health

Chair: E.J. Milner-Gulland (University of Oxford, UK)


11.00 - 11.30     Coffee (Elementary Lab)


11.30 - 12.50     Student talks: Session 1                 Reconciling conservation and food production

                                Chair: Sue Collins (Butterfly Conservation Europe, UK)

Lion tamarins in cocoa agroforests                                                                                  Juliana Rocha (Brazil)

Snow leopards and sustainability                                                                                        Jonny Hanson (UK)

Jaguar conservation in agricultural landscapes                                                                    Valeria Boron (Italy)

Sea sparing vs sea sharing                                                                                          Jennifer McGowan (USA)


12.50 - 14.00     Lunch and student posters (Elementary Lab)


14.00 - 15.30     Workshops: Session 1


15.30 - 16.00     Tea (Elementary Lab)


16.00 - 17.40     Student talks: Session 2                 Hunting for meat, pets and art

                                Chair: Dan Challender (IUCN, UK)

Impact of Ebola market closures on bushmeat hunting                                          Kennedy Kariuki (Kenya)

Livelihoods and the pet trade in Madagascar                                                              Janine Robinson (UK)

Using mark-recapture to characterise the online trade in elephant ivory                           Lydia Yeo (UK)

Art collection and investment in China: a neglected demand for rhino horn   Tak Lun Lee (Hong Kong)


17.40 - 19.40     Who’s who in conservation? (David Attenborough Building)

Posters from conservation organisations, pizza and drinks, sponsored by Science


19.40 - 21.15     Plenary (Babbage Lecture Theatre) Tom Brooks (IUCN, Switzerland)

                                Does conservation work?

                                Chair: Juliet Vickery (RSPB, UK)



Wednesday 23 March 2016


08.30 - 09.00     Registration (Elementary Lab)


09.00 - 10.00     Plenary                      Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian Institution, USA)

                                #OceanOptimism: success stories in ocean conservation

                                Chair: Andrew Sugden (Science, UK)


10.00 - 11.00     Student talks: Session 3                 Tracking biodiversity change

                                Chair: Simon Brockington (International Whaling Commission, UK)

Seabird tracking to monitor ecosystems and engage people                  Jonathan Handley (South Africa)

Monitoring forest birds using satellite data                                          Solohery Rasamison (Madagascar)

Unravelling the migration of the Critically Endangered hooded grebe

     Carlos Ignacio Roesler (Argentina)


11.00 - 11.30     Coffee (Elementary Lab)


11.30 - 12.50     Student talks: Session 4                 Spatial patterns in conservation

                                Chair: América Paz Durán (University of Cambridge, UK)

Conservation implications of elevational diversity patterns in reptiles                   Jins Vallanattu (India)

Land-use change, elephant movements and human-elephant conflict                          Lydia Tiller (UK)

Climatic influences on range-restricted birds in Ethiopia                                       Andrew Bladon (UK)

Climate change and Acacia invasion in a biodiversity hotspot                                       Atul Joshi (India)



12.50 - 14.40     Lunch and student posters (Elementary Lab)


14.40 - 15.00     Conference photograph


15.00 - 16.00     Student talks: Session 5                 Are frogs croaking?

                                Chair: Silviu Petrovan (Froglife, UK)

The plight of Du Toit’s torrent frog                                                                    Jacob Ngwava (Kenya)

How do you understand a frog that surfaces for only seven days in a year?            Sandeep Das (India)

Spatially-explicit call surveys for the mistbelt chirping frog                              Mea Trenor (South Africa)


16.00 - 16.30     Tea (Elementary Lab)


16.30 - 17.30     Student talks: Session 6                 Impacts of infrastructure

                                Chair: Judith Schleicher (UNEP-WCMC & Univ. Cambridge, UK)

Assessing the socio-ecological impacts of small dams                                           Suman Jumani (India)

Wind farm prioritisation based on impacts on wolf habitat in Croatia                     Gioele Passoni (Italy)

Dewlaps in the wind: an unexpected trophic cascade from clean energy               Amod Zambre (India)


17.30 - 18.45     Student posters with wine and food (Elementary Lab)


18.45 - 20.15     Workshops: Session 2


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



Thursday 24 March 2016


08.30 - 09.00     Registration (Elementary Lab)


09.00 - 10.40     Student talks: Session 7                 Conservation and how people think

                                Chair: Nibedita Mukherjee (University of Cambridge, UK)

Are local perceptions of wildlife populations reliable?                     Ehsan Mohammadi Moqanaki (Iran)

Implications of poor boundary-setting for future protected area management

  Hasina Rakotoarison (Madagascar)

Does having more time to think alter people’s responses in a choice experiment?

          Spener Nilsen Andrianantenaina (Madagascar)

Charismatic species in conservation marketing                                                 Piia Lundberg (Finland)

Communicating climate change: the effectiveness of place-based information             Sifan Hu (China)


10.40 - 11.10     Coffee (Elementary Lab)


11.10 - 12.50     Student talks: Session 8                

                                Testing approaches and applying new tools

                                Chair: Piero Visconti (UNEP-WCMC, UK)

Using camera traps to find fishing cats                                                                          Ret Thaung (Cambodia)

Using identification guides for UK bumblebees: is expertise an advantage?                   Gail Austen (UK)

Molecular evidence for two distinct hog deer lineages in India                                         Ajit Kumar (India)

Using ecological genomics to understand threats to dwarf birch                                          James Borrell (UK)

Understanding the outcomes of environmental collaborations                                Janna Steadman (UK)


12.50 - 14.00     Lunch and student posters (Elementary Lab)


14.00 - 15.00     Plenary                                                Mike Barry (Marks and Spencer, UK)

                                The role of business in building a sustainable economy

                                                    Chair: Bernardo Strassburg (International Inst. for Sustainability, Brazil)


15.00 - 15.30     Tea (Elementary Lab)


15.30 - 15.50     Prizes


15.50 - 16.00     Closing remarks                                                              

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