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  • Marta Giannichi won first place in the SHOWCASE 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition.

  • Oliver Phillips has been recognised by Thomson Reuters as a Highly-Cited Researcher, one of nine at Leeds. This recognition is based on the number of top 1% cited papers published, normalised by field and by year, over the previous decade.

  • Jon Lovett is part of a consortium led by Lee Hannah of Conservation International that has been awarded a grant of USD$ 1,804,862 from the Global Environment Facility for a project on ‘Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change’. The project is covers Latin America, Africa and Asia. Leeds will be coordinating the Africa component. 
  • Jon Lovett has been awarded a grant of £1,243,000 from the Royal Society for Renewable Energy Capacity Building in Africa. The project will be implemented jointly with Andy Ross in the Leeds Energy Research Institute and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy. 

  • Oliver Phillips was invited to the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. With Obama, Hollande, and our Charles taking the main stage, he presented to a distinctly smaller audience in the Peru pavilion. Simon Lewis was also invited to COP21, by the government of Gabon, to present recent research in central Africa, and discuss new research opportunities.
  • More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest – the Amazon – may be globally threatened. Via our leadership of RAINFOR and, several EGC staff contributed to the study, which also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves and indigenous territories will protect most of the threatened species, if properly managed. The findings were announced by a research team comprising 158 researchers from 21 countries. The pan-Amazon RAINFOR network contributed hundreds of high quality forest monitoring plots to the effort, with more than 30 RAINFOR colleagues from Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, and Bolivia all involved in the work, together with Oliver Phillips, Tim Baker, and Roel Brienen. The paper has attracted huge world-wide media attention, and can be found here.

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