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Our changing landscapes: opportunity or threat for birds and other wildlife?

Indoor Event, 7pm
Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Professor Rob Fuller is Director of Science (Ecological Change) at the British Trust for Ornithology where he leads one of their two main research groups. His work forms the basis of information and advice to government agencies on conservation of terrestrial and wetland birds and their habitats, and includes the forthcoming BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11. The relationships between agriculture and biodiversity have been a major component of his work in recent years but he has a long-term and active research interest in temperate scrub and woodland bird communities, particularly with respect to the successional dynamics of bird communities, edge effects and habitat mosaics, effects of habitat management, impacts of increasing deer populations, and large-scale spatial variation in habitat selection by birds. Although his work has been mainly on birds, he is increasingly focussed on wider strategies for sustaining biodiversity in the face of climate change and intensifying pressures on habitats. He is the editor of the recently published Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes.

In addition to being an Honorary Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, he is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Vice President of the British Ornithologists’ Union and a member of the Forestry Commission’s East of England Regional Advisory Committee.

This years Pybus Lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building, Newcastle University campus (this will be signposted from Kings Gate). You can find directions at www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/maps (the University map reference is 17) or contact the Society Office. Tickets are not required but do please arrive in good time.