21st century ornithology: challenges, opportunities and decisions | #BOU2018
With current rapid environmental change and increasing human pressure on ecosystems, new methods and approaches will be needed to understand how bird populations and distributions will respond in order to guide decision-makers and land managers. By exploring a range of challenges, this conference aims to 1) examine the current state-of-the-art in avian science in understanding and mitigating the threats to birds and 2) encourage a forward examination of the likely changes in bird populations and communities up to 2050. New and innovative means of studying birds will be a cross-cutting theme.
The conference will provide a unique opportunity to showcase examples of the research and science needed to address the future challenges by looking several decades ahead. It will explore a range of challenges, such as the terrestrial, coastal and marine responses to climate change, consequences of a different predator community, the impacts of invasive species, possible developments in agriculture and potential new approaches for carrying out science. Additionally, progress towards biodiversity targets will be explored. Central to the conference will be an examination of the science evidence needed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global bird populations and communities.
List of plenary speakers and call for papers to follow.
Scientific Programme Organisers
Prof Bill Sutherland (University of Cambridge)
Dr Helen Baker (Joint Nature Conservation Committee)
Dr Darren Evans (Newcastle University)
Dr Aldina Franco (University of East Anglia)
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