December 2, 2012 in Publications
The snake Bothrops muriciensis is a little known Brazilian viper that until recently was only known from the couple of records that were used to describe it. I paper I co-authored in the open-access North-Western Journal of Zoology presents six more records and looks at applying the IUCN Red List criteria to the species until now classified as Data Deficient. Get it here!
October 2, 2012 in Good news, Publications
The magazine “the Ecologist” published my essay: ”Greening” the Crisis: Turning Trouble into Opportunity which won the IUCN-Thomson Reuteurs Media Award 2012. You can read the article and the entire essay on: http://www.theecologist.org/a-student-writes/1615763/greening_the_crisis_turning_trouble_into_opportunity.html
April 12, 2012 in Publications
Images of tigers and elephants are among the most common threatened mammals used by conservation organisations as ‘flagships’ to promote fundraising – but new research led by the University suggests that other threatened ‘Cinderella species’ could prove equally effective.
At the moment, only 80 flagship species are used by these NGOs, and more than 60% of their campaigns only raised funds for that species itself, the study found. These flagship species tend to have a high body mass and forward-facing eyes – because people find large animals with a human-like face more appealing. But, by using a similarity score approach, the a team led by Dr. Bob Smith identified that there are other species which, like Cinderella in the children’s story, share this aesthetic appeal but are currently overlooked.
You can find my latest publication at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00229.x/abstract
Full press release: http://www.kent.ac.uk/news/homepagestories/mammalspeciespromotingconsevationfunding/2011
March 4, 2012 in Publications
Two short notes on the distribution of two Brazilian lizards have recently been published by the journal Herpetological Notes. Both can be access for free at the journals website or in the links below:
February 16, 2012 in Publications
February 8, 2012 in Publications
In response to the editorial “Whales for sale” published in Nature, me and Kristian Metcalfe wrote a letter to the editor detailing why we believe the proposed trading quota scheme will not work. Access it here!