News – March 2015

J.MiszkiewiczSuccessful Alumna

PhD in Anthropology alumna, Justyna Miszkiewicz graduated from SAC in November 2014.  We’re happy to announce that our PhD alumna Justyna Miszkiewicz will be soon joining a research team in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project that explores the origins of bone and cartilage disease. Justyna has been with us for many years, first as an undergraduate student, then PhD researcher, and a lecturer, and we wish her all the best for her future research career. A very well deserved position – congratulations Justyna.

Viva Success

C-GardnerPhD completions have been coming in thick and fast this month and we’re delighted to announce 3 more successful vivas:

Charlie Gardner: Reconciling conservation and development in Madagascar’s rapidly-expanding protected area system. Supervised by Dr Zoe Davies

Joaquin Carrizosa: The shape-shifting territory: colonialism, shamanism and A’i Kofan place-making in the Amazonian Piedmont, Colombia. Supervised by Dr Miguel Alexiades

Zerihun Doda Doffana: ‘Dagucho (P. Falcatus) Is Abbo!’ Sacred sites of Wonsho-Sidama, Ethiopia: their maintenance motives, consequences and conservation threats.  Supervised by Dr Raj Puri

Maria Paz-Peirano Olate: ‘Contemporary Chilean cinema: film practices and narratives of national cinema within the Chilean ‘film community”. Supervised by Dr Glenn Bowman

Darwin Newsletter

Lady-selling-herbs-in-streeThe latest edition of the Darwin Newsletter focuses on the contribution Darwin projects make to the issues surrounding Trade and Biodiversity.  We are, therefore, pleased to see the inclusion of an article about our research project with Pukka Herbs, UK and the Applied Environmental Research Foundation.

The project led by Professor Douglas MacMillan and Dr Ian Bride seeks to increase the capacity of targeted local communities in the North-Western Ghats, India to adapt to climate change and participate in biodiversity conservation through improved management of socio-ecological landscapes.

You can read the Darwin Newsletter here, our article is page 12.

Durrell’s In-House Journal

Simon_BlackDr Simon Black was invited by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to write the guest essay in the recent edition of their journal ‘Solitaire’. His piece ‘Can we engineer an exponential growth in conservation impact?’ can be found online in Issue 25, pg 3.

Simon runs the School’s MSc in Conservation Project Management. His research interests combine both conservation biology and management, including leadership, project management, programme effectiveness, and performance evaluation. Simon has trained over 200 conservation professionals in recent years and this work includes strong links with Durrell Wildlife as a visiting lecturer for the Durrell Conservation Academy. He is also involved in consultancy support for project improvement and organisational design for programmes ranging from species conservation to agro-ecosystem contexts. Simon’ s recent research has involved the development of a competence framework for conservation leaders, a programme evaluation model to support planning and review, and performance evaluation techniques to bridge the science–practitioner gap in conservation management. Simon is currently involved in work in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the western Indian Ocean.





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