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DICE ‘Tolerating Tigers’ team in Sumatra

The DICE tiger research team recently returned from Sumatra, where they were presenting at the Conservation Asia conference at the National University of Singapore.

Tolerating Tigers‘ is a Leverhulme Trust funded research project led by Dr Matt Struebig and Dr Freya St John working with Honorary DICE members and alumni Dr Matt Linkie and Jeanne Mackay in Indonesia.

Matt Struebig also hosted a session on ‘Sustainability in Agro-Industrial Plantation Systems’ with 17 speakers, including SAC postgraduates Nick Deere and Simon Mitchell who presented their PhD work based in Sabah, Malaysia.

‘Chytrid responsible for one of fastest species declines ever recorded’

DICE PhD student Michael Hudson, part of the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme and co supervised by DICE and ZSL, has published an article entitled: ‘Dynamics and genetics of a disease-driven species decline to near extinction: lessons for conservation’ in Nature. Scientists battling to fight a lethal amphibian disease on two islands in Caribbean have witnessed what is believed to be one of the fastest range-wide declines ever recorded for any animal – pushing a critically endangered frog species towards the verge of extinction.

Dr Matt Struebig comments on deforestation in Poland in Current Biology

Europe’s last wilderness Białowieża forest is under threat, Dr Struebig’s comments of Europe’s forest management can be found in Michael Gross’ July article.

‘When Languages die, ecosystems often die with them’

PhD student Jonathan Loh co-authors article on environmental threat and the loss of languages alongside plants and animal.

He was interviewed for Public Radio International, the full interview can be found here: http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-15/when-languages-die-ecosysems-often-die-them

‘Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they’re on course for global domination’

Dr Hazel Jackson, Post Doctoral Research Associate with DICE, has written a piece for The Conversation on ring necked parakeets and their European invasion.

‘The final girl on the freeway: Adaptation and appropriation of a fairy tale’

James Kloda examines Matthew Bright’s Freeway (1996) in an article for Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology: Anthropology of Horror.

‘How whales are deliberately hunted by ‘accident’

Professor Douglas MacMillan comments on whaling bycatch trends in Korean waters for National Geographic, and looks at the looks at the logistics of laundering illegally hunted meat from this process.
 

Game theory: who wins – the rhino poacher or gamekeeper?

Dr David Roberts, along with Dr Tamsin Lee of The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, have looked at the interaction between poachers and a gamekeeper using game theory, which was developed by the Noble Prize winner John Nash.

Their article, ‘Devaluing Rhino horns as a theoretical game’ is available online now.

 

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