Research Activity – Publications, Posters & Media – May 2015

Image courtesy of Deb Collins, University of Leiden

Image courtesy of Deb Collins, University of Leiden

Recent Research Funding

Faculty research grants have been awarded to:

  • Daniela Peluso and Andrew Sanchez: £4872 Rethinking skill: new ethnographic perspectives on expertise.
  • Zoe Davies: £4914 Who’s a pretty parrot then? Public preferences for native and non-native species across Western Europe.

Faculty internationalisation funds have been awarded to:

  • Jim Groombridge: £4371 to establish links and new collaborations with students and staff at Vinh University in Vietnam.
  • Joao de Pina-Cabral and Glenn Bowman: £1050 to develop a research partnership with the University of Leiden, specifically with Dr Eric Baehre and Prof. Wilfried van Damme.

Latest research papers

Make sure you check out our ‘Latest Publications’ noticeboard on the ground floor near the Visual Anthropology Lab. This board has been updated to showcase publications which have been published in the last 6 months. There is an exciting array of papers covering the wide range of research interests of the School.

Peluso, Daniela 2015 Children’s Instrumentality and Agency in Amazonia. Tipiti: Journal for the Society of Lowland South America. 13(1):44-62

Bennett, C., 2015. Genetics and Disaster Victim Identification. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 9. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 945–950. View paper.

Robert M. Ewers, Michael J. W. Boyle, Rosalind A. Gleave, Nichola S. Plowman, Suzan Benedick, Henry Bernard, Tom R. Bishop, Effendi Y. Bakhtiar, Vun Khen Chey, Arthur Y. C. Chung, Richard G. Davies, David P. Edwards, Paul Eggleton, Tom M. Fayle, Stephen R. Hardwick, Rahman Homathevi, Roger L. Kitching, Min Sheng Khoo, Sarah H. Luke, Joshua J. March, Reuben Nilus, Marion Pfeifer, Sri V. Rao, Adam C. Sharp, Jake L. Snaddon, Nigel E. Stork, Matthew J. Struebig, Oliver R. Wearn, Kalsum M. Yusah & Edgar C. Turner. 2015 Logging cuts the functional importance of invertebrates in tropical rainforest. Nature Communications 6, article 6836 doi:10.1038/ncomms7836. View paper.

Sally Applin and Michael Fischer (2015) “Toward a Multiuser Social Augmented Reality Experience: Shared Pathway Experiences via Multichannel Applications.” In IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Spring 2015, pp. 100-106. View paper.

In response to considerable media coverage on the reintroduction of the Lynx to the UK Niki Rust wrote a piece for The Ecologist. Niki has a considerable background in human-wildlife conflict and is currently studying for her PhD in Biodiversity Management.

SAC in the Media

Dr Matt Struebig was interviewed by the BBC in relation to the impact of the rubber tyre industry on protected forests in Southeast Asia. The story was also picked up by the World Agroforestry Centre and takepart.com.

Research News

Research project has second life for Open University studentsMay-Fish
A Citizen’ Jury project undertaken by Rob Fish, our new Reader in Human Ecology, has become the focus of a major Open University course exploring good practice in environmental decision making. The University unearthed the findings of a jury that Rob conducted about microbial watercourse pollution way back in 2007, and which subsequently bore the wrath of the Right Honourable Theresa May, (for which Rob is justly proud). Materials and transcripts from the process, including media publicity, are being used to explain how the public can be engaged in issues of scientific controversy to help inform policy. This week Rob provided his reflections on the process in a recorded interview for the University and discussed its implications for emerging environmental debates and decisions, such as fracking in the UK.

Research Conferences/Events

Dr Matt Struebig reports: last month I was at the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia presenting my research on planning for climate and land-cover change in Borneo.  SAC PhD student Simon Mitchell was there too, as were DICE alumni Matt Linkie, Jeanne Mckay and Brian Crudge. Brian studied on our MSc programme in 2010 and now works for Free The Bears in Cambodia and Vietnam. We are now in talks about students from Kent undertaking placements or research projects at their rescue centres in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Carmen Julia Quiroga Pacheco is studying for the MSc in Conservation and Rural Development. Carmen recently joined many others from DICE at the Student Conference on Conservation Science and whilst there was interviewed for a podcast led by a Primatology student from the University of Kyoto. To find out more about the conference and Carmen’s research you can hear the podcast online.

Roy Ellen in Indonesia
The School currently has MoUs (Memoranda of Understanding) with two Indonesian Universities, Padjadjaran University in Bandung and Pattimura University in Ambon. Over a 30 year period these have been the context in which we have trained Indonesian university colleagues through our PhD programmes, hosted staff on upgrading programmes, conducted our own individual research and been involved in collaborative research and co-publication. Much of this work has been in the area of environmental anthropology and associated with the Centre for Biocultural Diversity. In a recent visit to Indonesia to continue his research on ethnobotany and cultural resilience among the Nuaulu people of the island of Seram, Roy Ellen – an Emeritus Professor in the School – has contributed towards re-invigorating these links by giving lectures in Ambon, Bandung and at the Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta.

Roy gave lectures as follows: Ambon (27 April): Pendekatan Etnografi dan Etnobotany untuk memahami Perubahan Landscape di Maluku (Ethnographic and Ethnobotanical Approaches to the Understanding of Landscape Change in Maluku); Bandung (29 April): Anthropological fieldwork in Indonesia: reflections on the first 45 years; Jakarta (4 May): Nuaulu ritual regulation of resources, ‘sasi’ and forest conservation in eastern Indonesia.

Anthropology staff and graduate students at Pattimura University, Ambon

Anthropology staff and graduate students at Pattimura University, Ambon

Rufford Proposal Writing Workshop
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), in partnership with the Rufford Foundation, ran a two-day proposal writing workshop from 29-30 March 2015 at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation’s (ATBC’s) annual Asia Chapter meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workshop focused on intensively training young and aspiring Asian conservationists from local NGOs and academic institutions on how to write a Rufford Small Grant proposal. The workshop aimed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to design a good conservation field project and then convincingly articulate their concept within a funding proposal.

From a total of 17 applicants from seven countries, 14 participants from six countries were selected. One of the aims was to support trainees from countries that have received less Rufford support, such as Laos and Thailand. The workshop was designed and run by Matthew Linkie (FFI’s Regional Conservation and Development Adviser, Asia-Pacific Programme) and Jeanne McKay (DICE Research Associate) and covered the following main topics:

  • Project design (with an emphasis on improving on-the-ground conservation impact)
  • Proposal writing (from developing project objectives and activities, to designing a manageable work plan and realistic budget)
  • Hints and tips for increasing proposal success
  • A list of other funding opportunities.

The workshop was structured in a way that would take the participants step-by-step through each of the main sections of a Rufford Small Grants proposal, by providing an initial explanation, an example, and then using specially designed examples to allow the participants to try themselves, either individually or in groups. This theory-practice approach worked well as students had a chance to both prepare and present several of the sections themselves.

The 14 delighted Rufford trainees having completed the two-day training workshop in Phnom Penh

The 14 delighted Rufford trainees having completed the two-day training workshop in Phnom Penh

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