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To reduce rhino poaching, take demand for horns seriously

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Today my piece on the importance of demand reduction was published in the conversation.com! Read it below! Poaching rhinos for their horns is one of the most publicized conservation issues worldwide. From global trade bans and surveillance drones, to the involvement of celebrities such as British royal Prince Charles and NBA star Yao Ming, it… Read More

Next big idea in conservation? Harness the power of marketing

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I was interviewed for the environmental website Mongabay.com on the potential for using marketing techniques to improve the way conservationists do outreach. In this piece I dwell on how marketing can offer a set of important tools to conservationists and on what can be improved in the way we do outreach (spoiler: there is LOTS)!… Read More

The failure of Fuleco

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The Fifa World Cup host, Brazil, has been criticised for failing to make environmental policy changes it promised ahead of the championships. Even the Fifa mascot, Fuleco the armadillo, is under fire. The furry mascot, whose name combines the Portuguese words for football and ecology, is failing to promote the conservation of the latter.  In this piece in the… Read More

Marketing Webinar!

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A couple of weeks ago I gave a webinar entitled “The role of marketing and flagship species in mainstreaming biodiversity” at the invitation of the “Bird Education Alliance for Conservation“, a coalition of educators representing universities, bird observatories, local, state, and federal agencies, and environmental education and conservation groups. In this webinar I focused on some… Read More

Can ‘humanizing’ animals help conserve them?

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Dumbo the lovable elephant, Baloo the easy-going bear or Timon the wisecracking meerkat – attributing human features and traits to fictional animals is not new. But can it help in the conservation of real species? In this article, me and other researchers share our views on the use of anthropomorphism in conservation. Read it here!

I still fucking love biodiversity

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To celebrate the first anniversary of my biodiversity themed social media platform “I fucking love biodiversity” I wrote this blog post on conservation bytes reviewing some of the challenges of keeping this effort going! Have a read here! IFLB has now more than 17 500 fans across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and we are just getting… Read More

BIOgrafias

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Last week was also the launch of the book “BioGrafias: Vidas de quem estuda a Vida”, for which I am one of the editors, a project that brings together 18 Portuguese biologist who share with the public the 35  most remarkable episodes of their careers. Spread across five continents these stories portray the wide range… Read More

Taking marketing for a spin

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  Last week I was at Lisbon’s Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (ISPA) to talk about the importance of marketing in conserving biodiversity. The talk was part of the seminar series for the new MSc course in Marine Conservation Biology. It was a great experience and a good chance to see my friend Ana Rita… Read More

We like to move it: The case of the Seychelles Flycatcher

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Species translocations are often used as a management solution for species with small populations and restricted populations. This is almost always a very expensive solution and the economic case for pursuing it is rarely analysed. This was what me and colleagues from DICE and and the School of Economics, University of Kent tried to tackle in a neat… Read More

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