Birds, science, politics. Senior Lecturer in biodiversity @ManMetUni, Associate @CornellBirds. Usually found in the #PeakDistrict or #Amazonia @RAS_network

Glossop, England
Joined January 2016
10 Whoopers Bottoms Res 0801 @Derbyshirebirds @BirdGuides
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There have been 2 updates to this blog about tracking Spoon-billed Sandpipers, since it was published on 22 Oct 2020. Now includes updated population estimate: wadertales.wordpress.com/202… #waders #shorebirds #ornithology
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With all the people headed to @Volcanoes_NPS lately nēnē are at risk. Please please don't feed them and please don't speed. This breaks my heart. #breakfornēnē
NEW: Nēnē geese being killed recently by people speeding through @Volcanoes_NPS and not watching out for them — park has been busy with people going to witness Kilauea eruption @KITV4
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コオバシギとオバシギ (どちらも第一回冬羽に換羽中の個体) 腰の比較 コオバシギ(左)は腰に斑があり、オバシギは腰は殆ど斑がなく白い。 #コオバシギ #オバシギ #シギチ最高
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Last week, over 1,00,000 images of Indian birds from Oriental Bird Images were migrated to @MacaulayLibrary. Take a look at the OBI collection in its new home macaulaylibrary.org/oriental… .. and read more about the India photos here: birdcount.in/obi/ @IndiAves @vivek4wild
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Our new paper published in Science today examines the impacts of extreme warming events in the oceans ('marine heatwaves') on ecosystem services globally. science.org/doi/10.1126/scie…
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A bit of departure from the usual, but I enjoyed indulging my (neglected) sci-fi interest, getting a preview of the amazing #DuneMovie along the way & reflecting on the origins of our own planetary ecology as a science. Podcast on Ecology of Dune here newscientist.com/podcasts/90…
I went to see #Dune with ecosystem scientist @ymalhi and we chatted about the deep science of Frank Herbert's world on the podcast. We do go into the sandworms. A quick taster: 1/ (Image: Warner Bros)
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Ant biodiversity funded PhD #PhDposition
Looking for a PhD on ant ecology with an applied slant? Check out our new project on ants as ecosystem engineers: using ants to promote biodiversity, with @VolatilesRed and @nationaltrust @BiologyatYork, working at this beautiful fieldsite! Please RT
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Ever had a singing bird fly over your head that you couldn't whip out Sound ID fast enough to record? You can start recording immediately simply by long pressing the Merlin Bird ID icon on your home screen, then tapping "Start Sound ID." #birdsong #birdidentification #birds
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NEW JOB in #ornithology and #conservation to work with @AlbyTaskForce to save #seabirds across the world: buff.ly/30EaH4f
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Confirmation that Richard's Pipit is a European 'pseudo-vagrant'
Here it is! I'm super excited to share our Richard's Pipit story just released in @CurrentBiology. 3 years ago, we started to monitor this enigmatic species in S France and here are the first results (and first tracks 🥳): tinyurl.com/3kmf9fpc Some details in this thread. 1/
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nice feature @Team_eBird, and my favorite trip report so far ebird.org/tripreport/1166 #bidgday
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Today is a watershed moment for Australia’s threatened species. It marks the day that the federal government officially washes their hands of any responsibility for the fate of our species. The funding is appallingly low and the species selected make little sense to practitioners
After careful deliberation, I’m delighted to announce the new priority species under the Threatened Species Strategy. These 100 species include plants and animals from right across Australia, from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. More: bit.ly/3aY7e2z
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After so many years of hearing them, this #Coot (Meerkoet) flying over in the night is my very first ever seen migrating!! 😃 I heard it also. @LeicaBirding #nocmig @trektellen @nocmig_cat @Sovon
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Finally some positive news! 🌍🙌 A new study by @ManMetUni has shown how coastal #wetlands like the @WWTSteart saltmarsh in Somerset are powerhouses when it comes to carbon capture - they store *far* more than previously predicted. More info > ow.ly/EUZl50GvrJ0
Restored coastal saltmarsh in the UK stores as much carbon over four years as one million new trees grown for ten years, finds @wwtworldwide study wwt.org.uk/news-and-stories/…
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Interesting gull seen from #RVCelticExplorer this morning 25nm SE of Ballycotton Lighthouse #Cork. Looks like a good match for the presumed hybrid Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gulls reported over the years in the UK (midlands and Norfolk) and Madrid, Spain.
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'Residual' emissions from international shipping and aviation (from the UK's Net Zero strategy) could be as high as 35 MtCO2e in 2050, i.e. no lower than in 2000. On a per capita basis, this is more or less where most of Africa sits today for *all* emissions sources.
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1 Hawfinch W through Bottoms Res tagged on to a flock of Redwings at 0906, 9 Whoopers Swans E at 0916 and hundreds of thrushes, finches and Woodpigeons also moving W, the latter harried by a Peregrine @Derbyshirebirds @BirdGuides
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