Research – March 2016


Dr Zoe Davies has had three new papers accepted for publication:

Allinson D., Irvine K.N., Edmondson J.L., Tiwarye A., Hill G., Morris J., Bell M., Davies Z.G., Firth S.K., Fisher J, Gaston K.J., Leake J.R., McHugh N., Namdeo A., Rylatt M. & Lomas K. (2016). Measurement and analysis of household carbon: the case of a UK city. Applied Energy 164: 871-881

Dallimer M, Tang Z.Y., Gaston K.J. & Davies Z.G. (2016). The extent of shifts in vegetation phenology between rural and urban areas within a human-dominated region. Ecology & Evolution 3: 1990

Rivett S.L., Bicknell J.E. & Davies Z.G. (2016). Effect of reduced-impact logging on seedling recruitment in a neotropical forest. Forest Ecology & Management 367: 71-79

Dr David Roberts has recently published an article on wildlife trade on the darkweb, which was covered by the University press office, full details of the article can be found on the University news centre:

Harrison J.R., Roberts, D.L. & Hernandez-Castro, J.C. (2016). Assessing the extent and nature of wildlife trade on the darkweb. Conservation Biology doi: 10.1111/cobi.12707

PhD student Ana Curto has recently had a paper accepted for publication:

Curto, A. & Fernandes, T. (2016) A possible Madura foot from medieval Estremoz, southern Portugal. International Journal of Paleopathology 13: 70-74

The paper, which is about a fungus that has never been seen in Medieval Europe before and is usually considered to be confined to tropical and subtropical regions, has been featured in a Forbes blog post by Dr Kristina Killgrove.

PhD student Michael Hudson, along with University of Kent colleagues Prof Richard Griffiths (DICE) and Dr Rachel McCrea (School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science), has also had a paper accepted for publication. The paper details research undertaken in collaboration with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Chester Zoo and the Government of Montserrat on the deadly chytrid fungus that is devastating amphibian populations across the world:

Hudson M.A., Young R.P., Lopez J., Lloyd M., Fenton C., McCrea R., Griffiths R.A., Adams S-L., Gray G., Garcia G., and Cunningham A.A. (2016) In-situ itraconazole treatment improves survival rate during an amphibian chytridiomycosis epidemic. Biological Conservation 195:37-45.

SAC Research in the Media

Dr Patrick Mahoney and colleagues, have discovered a new way of examining the teeth of children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries without damaging them. By using 3D microscopic imaging, researchers from the universities of Kent (UK) and Indianapolis (USA) have been able to safely reconstruct the diet of children in medieval Canterbury. The research team has been interviewed by BBC South-East, and the Discovery Channel, Canada and full details on the project can be found here:


Image courtesy of Dr Patrick Mahoney


Funding Success

This week, Dr Daniela Peluso has won a British Academy Small Research Grant for her project entitled ‘Equity trade ‘communities of practice’ in a multinational financial services corporation’. Congratulations Daniela!

Body Mapping Workshop

Amber Abrams, PhD candidate in social anthropology conducted a Cross-School Body Mapping Workshop for PGR and PGT students. Lively maps were produced as methodological tools that can be used with research participants. This method has been successful worldwide, particularly as a way of eliciting information regarding body/mind knowledge, practices and beliefs in contexts where people are both comfortable or inhibited in speaking about bodies. Many insights and great fun was had by all!


Image courtesy of Amber Abrams

Research Opportunities

Applications for the British Ecological Society POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) Fellowship are now open.

The BES POST Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity to gain an insider’s view of Parliament works and hone your ability to communicate scientific issues to a wider audience. The POST is Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. POST regularly publishes short briefing papers (POSTnotes) and longer reports giving parliamentarians a broad overview of the background to an issue and an analysis of the policy implications.

The Fellowship will last three months and is available to BES members currently studying for a PhD at a UK university. The successful applicant will receive £5000 to cover their living costs while undertaking the fellowship, which is based at the Houses of Parliament in London. Click here for full details. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st March 2016.


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