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 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…]
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!
The last issue of the Indian Magazine Down to Earth features me (and a great minds of conservation) talking about de-extinction! Its a nice piece that brings together a lot of different views on the topic and presents several past and present case-studies. If you are unsure where you stand on this topix this is … [Read more…]
A recent paper in Oryx has highlighted an interesting conservation conundrum. What do you do when one endangered species is preying on another endangered species? An analysis of data from the Tortuguero National Park, led by Diogo Veríssimo (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent) looked at population dynamics and the increasing predation of endangered … [Read more…]