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Conservation Research Institute


The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute has moved our weekly Networking Mornings to online sessions whilst we are working from home. The following speakers have discussed their recent papers or work during these sessions every Thursday from 11am. If you would like to join us please email



Sophia C. Cooke - “Invasive species in Galapagos” and “Roads and birds in Great Britain”.

Abstract: The introduced smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani has become widespread across the Galápagos archipelago in the past half-century. It is known to predate upon a range of native and endemic species, and is a potential vector for the spread of invasive plants and parasites. Here we report previously undocumented examples of smooth-billed ani predation in Galápagos, including that of an endemic racer snake and a scorpion...[Read More]


Professor David Coomes -  Forest Ecology and Conservation Group.

The Forest Ecology Group uses high-resolution remote sensing to understand how forests are responding to global environmanetal changes including logging, land management and climate change, addressing key issues in ecology and conversation.  


Dr Anthony Waldron 

Abstract: Paper on the CBD COP about the idea (which the CBD Secretariat's Expert Committee and Zero Draft are already working on) that we should protect 30% of the planet for nature by 2030, but what would the economic implications be and how could it ever be financially feasible? He found that it's surprisingly very feasible.


Dr Tom Worthington  - Global Datasets for Mangrove Conservation and Restoration.

Abstract: Mangrove forests are found on sheltered coastlines in tropical, subtropical, and some warm temperate regions. These forests support unique biodiversity and provide a range of benefits to coastal communities, but as a result of large-scale conversion for aquaculture, agriculture, and urbanization, mangroves are considered increasingly threatened ecosystems. Scientific advances have led to accurate and comprehensive global datasets on mangrove extent, structure, and condition, and these can support evaluation of ecosystem services and stimulate greater conservation and rehabilitation efforts...[Read More]


Dr Rachel Carmenta - Characterizing and Evaluating Integrated Landscape Initiatives.  

Abstract: Integrated landscape initiatives (ILIs) are a leading approach to achieving sustainability across the tropics. Considerable diversity among ILIs has created uncertainty regarding what a landscape approach is, how it is pursued, and what outcomes it can deliver. We show that four distinct strategies exist, two of which are only weakly integrated and another two of which more ambitiously attempt integration, engage more sectors and scales of governance, and target the structural barriers to sustainability. We show that integration underscores performance.


Dr Yuan Pan - Human–Nature Relationships in East Asian Animated Films.

Abstract: Our relationship with nature is complex and exploring this extends beyond academia. Animated films with powerful narratives can connect humans with nature in ways that science cannot. Narratives can be transformative and shape our opinions. Nevertheless, there is little research into non-Western films with strong conservation themes. Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese filmmaker that is acknowledged as one of the greatest animated filmmakers and master storytellers globally. The themes of environmentalism, feminism and pacifism resonate throughout his films. His underlying message is that humans must strive to live in harmony with nature, whilst presenting us with the socio-cultural complexities of human–nature relationships. I review five of Miyazaki’s films that explore human–nature relationships. One film was released with a special recommendation from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the other won an Oscar. I explore the lessons that we can learn from these films regarding human–nature relationships, and how to create powerful narratives that resonate with audiences and transcend cultural barriers.


Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger - Sword, Shield or Spoon? The Role of International Law in Sustainable Resources Management

Professor Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, DPhil (Oxon), MEM (Yale), BCL& LLB (McGill), BA Hons, FRSA is an expert jurist and scholar of law and governance on sustainable development, as senior Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge. With over 22 books and 90 papers published, editor of a CUP Series on Treaty Implementation for Sustainable Development, and founder/editorial board member of several law journals, she serves as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Climate Law & Governance Initiative; Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL); and Full Professor of Law at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo in Canada...[Read More]


Trishant Simlai Racial Tensions and the Politics of Conservation Practice in Violent Environments

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.


Dr Silviu Petrovan - Post COVID-19L A Solution Scan of Options for Preventing Future Zoonotic Epidemics

The crisis generated by the emergence and pandemic spread of COVID has thrown into the global spotlight the dangers associated with novel diseases, as well as the key role of animals, especially wild animals, as potential sources of pathogens to humans. There is a widespread demand for a new relationship with wild and domestic animals, including  suggested  bans on  hunting,  wildlife trade,  wet  markets  or  consumption  of wild animals…[Read More]


David Willer - 'Sustainable bivalve farming can deliver food security in the tropics'

Bivalve shellfish represent a nutritious and low-impact food source that is underutilized. New innovations in production in this sector could fulfil the protein needs of nearly one billion people in the most vulnerable global regions...[Read More]


Lucy Goodman - 'Moving methods online - gathering and ordering opinions on contentious environmental topics.'

In this Thursday Networking Morning, Lucy Goodman discussed gathering and ordering opionions on contentious environmental topics through online methods and the application of these research methods post COVID-19.