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Roger Payne, legend of whale biology and marine conservation has died. The world has lost a force of nature.

I wrote a book with Roger in it, he took me under his wing and we became friends.

Here is a small part of the story of this wonderful human.

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2/ Born in 1935, his father worked at Bell labs “the Google of its time”. His mother a viola player filled their house with music. Exploring local woods & streams he “fell completely in love with wildlife and being outdoors”. They moved to NYC and he was crestfallen, hating it
3/ All through Roger’s life run these strands of tools, nature, adventure, family and perhaps above all, shared music and art.
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Thursday's topic: Wolves (and lynx) in Europe.

Terrors of the forest? Or necessary keystone species?

As with everything in ecology, nothing is simple! Today I (@AdamFSmith) will look at some myths, science, and interesting facts about these species. Claws out, let's go! 🐺

1/n Wolf and lynx confront one ...
Firstly, this is my immediate research area. Over the last 3 years I have been involved in numerous studies involving wolves and lynx, however the "speed of science" means few are published right now!

It is extremely complex, so over Twitter you'll have to bare with me!

2/n Adam wearing a wolf hat and...
Europe's legal protection and softening public opinion has successfully seen population and range rebounds for these species.

Both are listed as protected under the EU Habitat's Directive and cannot be hunted in EU countries! 🇪🇺


3/n Maps of where wolves and ly...
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New paper for ‘ibis.iSDM’ now published in Ecological Informatics. Here I present a new R-package that allows the integration of different datatypes in SDMs. But it can do much more than that... #sdm #biodiversity #conservation…
So one might ask why another R-package for correlative SDMs, and I generally agree. The specific role of the package for me and our group is to a) support all types of integration originally highlighted by Fletcher et al. and more (…, @FletcherEcology) (2/8)
..., b) propose a modelling framework founded in Poisson Process Models and support Bayesian SDMs, c) enable easy construction of scenarios and projections and d) have a modular coding framework that can be easily updated with further functionalities (3/8)
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"In March 2023 the #Forest #Conservation Amendment bill was plaed before the LokSabha. Ms Prakriti Srivastava,IFS (PCCF #Kerala) & I jointly wrote a submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee, link provided at the end of the (long) thread. 1/n
highlighting the imp pts:
Fundamental changes in the proposed bill:
a)Limits the scope & ambit of the original FCA (1980), removing crucial safeguards from a vast majority of India's #biodiverse rich #forests, thereby opens the floodgates for diversion for other uses
b) Undoes many provisions of the existing #ForestConservationAct; c) dilutes the 202/1996 #SupremeCourt ‘Godavarman’ #judgement, overturns its #conservation gains
(d) facilitates privatisation of forests to create plantations
e) shifts focus from conservation of forests to 3/n
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Speaking at the #PhD 3rd Year Forum @CamUniGeography @Cambridge_Uni. Main focus is #governance of #conservation related relocation in
@mytadoba #Tiger Reserve tho it considers socio-economic (v brfly #ecological) outcomes) #Wayanad #Wildlife #Sanctuary is a satellite site Image
Grateful to my co #travellers @Krithikasampath
@SamirTadoba who made it easier & FUN! Also
@jituramgaokar @nandkishorkale1 and his incredible team @PrajaktaDH #PoonamDhanwatey. the generosity of the villagers🙏 @bhask286 for his support
And the funders who made it possible -shukriya
@stjohnscam @CamUniGeography
The @ruffordgrants #SMUTSGrant @RGS_IBG
2 more years to go.... #university #team #phdlife #research
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With the cacophony over #Elephant #Arikomban, lets understand how such #elephants are 'made', and #conflict created. As per a #Kerala cabinet decision taken in August 2002, 559 families of landless tribals were settled on 276 ha land in #Chinnakanal during 2003. The then 1/9 Image
DFO (#Munnar) #PrakritiSrivastava objected: it was prime #elephant habitat & corridor, the consequences would be disasterous. Within a year, human-elephant conflict had escalated. Giving pattas wily-nily w/o w/o #forest dept inputs #wildlife consideration is best avoided 2/9 representative image from t...
The settlement opened the floodgates. #tourism resorts mushroomed, encroachments were ignored, regularlised chocking passage for #wildlife Conflict exacerbated exponentially-huge loss of crops, people were killed.As a former Kerala IAs officer puts it 3/9 Image
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Very proud of this team effort "A regional integrated assessment of the impacts of #climatechange and of the potential #adaptation avenues for #Quebec’s #forests" is now published

A (very long) thread. Buckle up!…

@cflscf @NRCan

First, I would like to acknowledge the work of all my colleagues including Jesus, Annie Claude, Yves, @mariehbrice, @DominicCyr, Louis, Daniel, @GauthierSylvie9 , Pierre, @Guillemette_L , Mathieu, Maryse, Tadeusz, Martin-Hugues, @ethiffault , @Tremblay_Jun and Stephen
Quebec’s #forests goes from northern hardwood with sugar #maple, beech, hemlock in the south, to pure boreal black #spruce forests up north. Natural #disturbances, go from single-tree windthrow or mortality in the south, to large stand-replacing #fires in the north.
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Due to a busy start of 2023 I hadn't discussed our recent paper @npjbiodiversity…, done with @gpardoBC3 @MoustaphaItani @AgusBC3 (@BC3Research, @GCCGtweet).
For many reasons, it's important to know natural herbivore abundance. #FoodSystems #conservation 1/9
Back in 2008, Anthony Barnosky had proposed a first estimate on how much herbivore was naturally populating Earth. He was not intending to close the issue - rather trying to open a debate that is very relevant for understanding and managing ecosystems.
Yet many have since then taken such estimate as written in stone, neither really understanding the scientific method (subjected to constant validation) nor reviewing evidence published later. A call of attention for unfortunate partisan use of science.
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1/Friday we made it! We saw briefly/incompletely how #pollen #beetles preserved in #peat can shed light on long term #ecological change. There are other 'proxies' + the #peatland #archaeological record, esp rich in 🇮🇪, a remarkable 'archive' of past people/environments/climate A black and white drawing o...
2/#Peat is remarkable for so many reasons, long regarded as of little 'use', now known to be an #ecosystem 'superstar' (TBD further tomorrow!) key for preservation of #Palaeoenvironmental + #Archaeological record. Photo: woody fen peat in auger @Calum_Sweeney_ @EcomuseumsLive A long metal soil sampler c...
3/In this sense, we can think of #Peatlands as representing an intersection between how we understand long term #ecological change, #ClimateChange, human activity/impact + data key for #Conservation #Rehabilitation #Restoration of #Ecosystems Image 1: From Book Image 2! ImageImage
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1/ An evening thread! Yesterday #Pollen next its beetles #Palaeoentomology - preserved in #peat fragments of bugs (wing cases, head capsules etc) are difficult to ID but provide key evidence of #Palaeoenvironments - #Prehistoric #woodland, #Biodiversity changes+extinctions! Two people, stood in a pit with an exposed face of peat in f
2/Dr Eileen Reilly (photo 1, r) passed away too young. Her #Palaeoentomological work was groundbreaking. Demonstrated presence of beetles in #prehistory now extinct/rare in 🇮🇪 many associated with wood/trees (Saproxylic), 'Urwald relict' group (see table!) A table showing extinct/rare species found in peat samples f
3/E.g: photos 1+2 #Archaeological excavations, Lisheen Bog, Co.Tipp. Samples from Bronze Age oak wood plank trackway, contained remains of Prostomis mandibularis+other bugs. Primary #woodland present in this period despite clearance/farming. A table showing rare/extinct beetles including wood loving t
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Hello Tweeple! Super chuffed to have this #paper just out in @naturesustainab ! It took 2 years, 15 institutions and 18 authors to put this together. Here's a summary 👇🧵 (0/9)
(1/9) The problem: #landscape-scale #conservation in a crowded country like #India
(2/9) Let's take this one (#biogeographic) zone at a time...
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@euro writes (vital thread) to warn us that

1/ EU regulations are not perfect but are not ‘red tape’ either. They improve the quality of our everyday lives by protecting our rights as #workers and #consumers, our #environment and #wildlife and the quality of the #food we eat.
Please, read on 2/ to get more detail on the #REUL Bill (Retained EU Law)
I personally experienced that EU decisions were all scrutinised by UK Parliamentary Committees before they became law!…
2/ These EU laws were created with the support of the governments of all the political parties when the UK was in the EU.
EU laws – that the Government now wants to dismantle – protect us in the workplace. They guarantee our paid holidays, reduce the gender pay gap and protect
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🚨🌊Are you ready for the Thursday thread 🧵of job #opportunities for early-career #scientists in marine and #ocean #Science?


Look down there!👇

#ECR #PhDchat #PhDjobs #ScienceJobs #PostDoc #Academictwitter #Internships #Researcher
🚨🌊@giulia_ghedini lab at @IGCiencia in Lisbon is recruiting a postdoc ( and offering a research fellowship (master required) ( to work on metabolic adaptation in phytoplankton communities

🚨Deadline: 31st Jan
🚨PhD opportunity!

5-year teaching & research studentship at
@PlymUni with @DrSimonIngram and @ClareEmbling studying #cetacean #abundance, #distribution and exposure to #shippingnoise joint with @CefasNoise…

📢Deadline: 26th Jan
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As 2022 draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on some of the highlights (in no particular order) — you can read the full article here:, or digest the thread below. Wishing you a happy new year and all the best for 2023! 1/23
The #cancer research community has made huge strides leveraging the unique attributes of #nanopore sequencing to characterise cancer at unprecedented resolution, unlocking previously hidden variation and accelerating research to support human health. 2/23
In May, @mdelledon took a group of scientists into the Gobi Desert to capture small mammals, including bats, to study their microbiome and they set up a genomics lab in a tent. They demonstrated the utility of the MinION in the harsh, off grid and sandy desert environment! 3/23
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1/a few *Yesterday, I had two conversations about the threat of swifts, or any species, becoming nationally extinct: one with a politician, the other with a school pupil.
#COP15 thread
2/a few
One reacted by saying they thought it unlikely the government would help swifts because it would set a pretence to help the 69 other species of British birds on the red list. A list defined by the need for ‘urgent action.’
3/a few
The other said, 'It sounds like a nightmare. How can I help? What can I do?’

One has the power to stop it. One doesn't. One will have to live with the consequences of the choices made by the other.
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In this video, Dr. Ullas Karanth states that its foundational science makes the book deep and meaningful.
Please watch the video
“Good science and entertaining writing seldom come from the same person, but author Ullas Karanth is an exception…,” says James D. Nichols (Emeritus Scientist), about Dr. Ullas Karanth’s latest book, ‘Among Tigers’.
Although ‘Among Tigers’ is an adventure-tale of a man fascinated by tigers for over half a century, it is also a product of solid research he has done as one of the world’s leading tiger biologists and conservationists.
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Join us this Friday at 6 pm IST for a discussion with Mr. Praveen Bhargav and our Research Fellow, Vinni Jain, as they discuss the evolution of Wild Life (Protection) Act and possible solutions to make it more impactful.
Register now at
The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, was a pivotal moment for biodiversity conservation in India. The Act provides legal protection to several species of wild animals and plants, prohibits hunting, supports the establishment of protected areas.
And the Act also regulates the trade of wildlife parts and products. Since the Act was passed 50 years ago, it has had a remarkable impact on Indian wildlife and conservation. It has also been heavily criticised, with the laws having undergone several amendments over time.
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#Kantara, the latest Kannada movie directed by #RishabhShetty, has been making headlines ever since its release. True to its origins, the film of rustic brilliance is receiving positive responses from the who's who of the film fraternity across India, while wowing #cinema lovers! Image
Our Emeritus Director, Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, is the latest to share his admiration for Kantara. As a conservation organisation based in #Karnataka, we are pleased to share Dr. Karanth’s words of praise for the #film and the filmmaker as follows:
"I saw Rishab Shetty’s (@shetty_rishab) stunning movie, Kantara, last night! It was a deeply moving experience, which held me in a trance-like state from beginning to end."

#sandalwood #sandalwoodactress #puneethrajkumar #sapthamigowda #rakshithshetty
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(1) I love forests for their beauty, the peace and calm I feel when I walk on forest trails, and their role in preserving biodiversity and the climate.

Today, I was reminded twice how diverse other people's attitudes toward natural forests may be.

Start of a thread 🧵

(2) First, according to a BBC Panorama investigation, I learned that a firm that has received six billion pounds in green energy subsidies from UK taxpayers is cutting down forests that are essential to the Canadian ecology.

🧵 #forests #nature…

(3) Reporters concluded that millions of tons of imported wood pellets, classified as renewable energy, are burned at Drax's largest power plant in Britain. However, part of the wood came from Canada's old-growth forests, which took thousands of years to develop.

🧵 #trees
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Fourth post in the #WildlifeWeek series. Today’s post is more of a #reviving one than #reintroduction.

Day 4 – Return of the #bandits to #Chambal !

The Red Crowned Roofed #turtle is a #species of #freshwater turtle endemic to South #Asia.
Historically the species was widespread in the #Ganga River, both in #India and #Bangladesh. Extirpated from most of its former range but currently it has dwindled a last surviving population of less than 500 adult individuals in the #wild.
Their population reduced drastically due to depredation of eggs and hatchlings by Golden #jackals, #habitat degradation due to #pollution and illegal sand mining in the floodplains. They are also extensively #poached for their meat and shell.
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Second post in the #WildlifeWeek series.

Day 2 – Squeals return to the tall wet #grasslands of #Assam !!!
Pygmy Hog is the tiniest, rarest and the most #endangered of all wild #pigs globally. In fact, phylogenetic analysis of the pygmy hog revealed that it belongs to a separate genus, Porcula. It is evolutionarily unique and completely different from #boars, #warthogs, and pigs.
Known to once thrive in the lush tall and wet grassland plains of the sub #Himalayas, they were feared to be extinct in the 1960's but were “rediscovered” in the year 1971.
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The €50,000 KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for #conservation will be presented today in Frankfurt.

But should Bernhard #Grzimek really be celebrated as a role model? 🤔

Following his civil service career in Nazi Germany as a member of the SA (Nazi Stormtroopers), Grzimek became a director of a zoo & an animal rights activist.

Grzimek discovered his love for conservation in the #Serengeti, where he:
🔴 campaigned for yrs alongside @FZS_Frankfurt AGAINST the land rights of the Indigenous #Maasai
🔴 “professionalized” the militarized monitoring of Protected Areas
🔴 boosted mass #tourism in the area
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Our new paper @PNASNews is addressing a long-standing question in #ecology, #biodiversity sciences and #conservation biology:
How do multiple #species #coexist in fragmented landscapes?

A 🧵on multispecies coexistence:… (1/7) Image
2/7 Spatially #fragmented #landscapes are very common, both naturally & through human activities.

In such landscapes, a combination of local survival and #colonization of empty habitat patches is key to species' regional persistence. Image
3/7 However, ecological #theory on species coexistence has so far largely focused on local communities.

By integrating #coexistence theory and #metacommunity theory, we propose a mathematical framework to understand multiple species' coexistence in fragmented landscapes. Image
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