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  • Alan Grainger gave interviews on the BBC World Service (11 May) and German Public Radio (12 May) to publicize the paper he has co-authored (with Nikee Groot and others) on measuring the global area of dry forest, and which is the cover story in this week's issue of Science.

  • Alan Grainger visited Bonn on 27-28 April to attend the latest meeting of the Science-Policy Interface of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

  • The second run of the FutureLearn Environmental Challenges Program was completed successfully with about 6000 participants from 170 countries registered on each of the five two week courses.

  • Sarah Batterman was quoted in a Guardian article about how threats of Trump administration cuts to funding for US climate science may affect UK scientists.

  • Tim Baker gave a seminar at CEH, Bush, Edinburgh entitled ‘New opportunities for conserving intact tropical peatlands’ partly based on a new publication: Roucoux K, Lawson IT, Baker TR, Honorio EH, Lahtenoja O, Gilmore M, Kelly T, Draper F, del Castillo D, Vriesendorp C. (in press) Threats to intact tropical peatlands and opportunities for their conservation. Conservation Biology.

  • Sarah Batterman gave a talk entitled "Symbiotic nitrogen fixation and the tropical carbon sink" at the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests at University of Oxford on March 3rd.

  • Oliver Phillips co-ordinated the NERC ‘Nordeste’ project field training in Morro do Chapeu, Bahia, NE Brazil. With plant science colleagues and students from Brazil and beyond we spent the first week of March trying to work out how to install permanent monitoring plots in the ‘caatinga’, some of the world’s spiniest vegetation. The region is now entering its sixth year of drought, but plants are remarkably resilient here.

  • Work with RAINFOR partners in Leeds and Amazonia suggests that most South American countries have provided net carbon sinks for decades - even after accounting for fossil fuel burning and deforestation. For more information see here.

  • An international team of ecologists and social scientists, including more than 20 researchers in the RAINFOR network led from Leeds, has found that tree species domesticated and distributed throughout the Amazon basin by indigenous peoples prior to 1492 contributed to modern-day forests. The research, published in Science, suggests that Amazonian forest species were significantly influenced by humans. The paper has been covered extensively in the media worldwide.  For more on this work, please see here.

  • Alan Grainger visited Helsinki to attend the 2nd User Workshop of the GlobBiomass Project, with which he is collaborating.

     

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