News – December 2015

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Successful Bake Sale

This week members of the Palaeoanthropology Discussion Group made £168 through the baking and selling of cakes. The event was to support our colleague Agness Gidna (Head of Paleontology, National Museum of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam) who is trying to crowd source funds to create a teaching program for high school students in Dar es Salaam.

For more information about the programme please visit their website. Bakers included Annabelle Lockey, Rosie Pitfield, Hannah Seal, Jess Small, Charlotte Sullivan, Victoria Lockwood, Eleanor Foxwell, Dr Matthew Skinner and Dr Tracy Kivell.

Congratulations PhD students

We are delighted to announce that the following students have successfully defended their thesis through a recent viva. PhD students are such a foundational and integral part of our School community with many involved in teaching, outreach work in local schools and supporting a wide range of other School activities. Niki and Samia have both been significantly active members of the School and we wish them both all the very best for the next phase in their adventure:

Niki Rust: Understanding the human dimensions of coexistence between carnivores and people: a case study in Namibia. Supervised by Professor Douglas MacMillan, Niki passed her viva with only minor corrections.

Samia SaifInvestigating tiger poaching in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Supervised by Professor Douglas MacMillan

We are also pleased to announce that the following PhD students have submitted their thesis for assessment and we look forward to welcoming them back when they return in 2016 to undertake their vivas:

Nico Galvez, Laura Montesi, Gareth Davey and Erika Ikemoto

New job for PhD alumnus

news-stefano-insetNews from the Living Primates Research Group: Stefano Kaburu (PhD 2013) starts a new post-doc in January in the McCowan Lab at the University of California, Davis. A three year position, Dr Kaburu will be studying human-macaque conflict dynamics in Shimla, northern India, as part of a larger, multi-site study investigating human-macaque conflict through India and Malaysia.

DICE alumna gets job with DICE alumnus

University Alumni Scholar, Katy Upton has just finished her PhD on the frogs of Peru, and landed a job at Chester Zoo as a Curatorial Assistant. Her new boss – Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates, Dr Gerardo Garcia – is another DICE alumnus, having completed his PhD here in 2005. Both Katy and Gerardo were supervised by Richard Griffiths, who was recently elected to be a Trustee of the North of England Zoological Society, which runs Chester Zoo. The photo shows the team at ‘Islands’, Chester Zoo’s new £30 million visitor experience that celebrates the biodiversity of South-East Asia.

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