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Fully-funded PhD scholarships in the general area of Forests and Nature for Society available. See here for more details. I am involved in three of the projects (listed here ). If you are interessted in my topics please email me with a CV and some of your ideas of how you would like to develop your choosen project.

Can capturing nature's wealth reduce poverty? See here for details of our recently funded £2 million research project looking at designing Payment for Ecosystem Services projects to maximise their impact in termws of poverty alleviation.

The fund-raising event organised by my students to support Malagasy conservation (held at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in April 2013) was a real success and raised £1500. See here for pictures. Videos of the dancing, presentations and the session with the wonderful lemurs are all available on you-tube. There is also a nice video here including interviews with Voahirana (one of our Msc students) and I about the event.

See here for details of a 2 year post teaching conservation science (covering my teaching while I am committed to externally funded research). Closing date 21 June 2013.

See here for details of a 3-year post-doc position carrying out social research in Madagascar (valuation related). Closing date 12 June 2013.

See here for details of a really exciting PhD project with me 'Can Payments for Ecosystem Services deliver environmental benefits? A Randomised Control Trial in the Bolivian Highlands.'

If you are in north wales on the 27th April please join my students and I at the National Zoo of Wales. We are organising a fund raising evening to support the work of the fantastic Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy. See here for more details.

An article about the results of our Darwin Initiative bushmeat hunting project in the IUCN newsletter is available here.

The Darwin Initiative newsletter has a nice article about how our project has worked with local communities to improve local management of tenrec hunting. Read it here.

Emily Nicholson has written a blog about our joint paper on how well existing Convention of Biological Diversity Indicators can detect the effect of policy changes which aim to improve the status of biodiversity. Read it here. The original paper is here

I was delighted to be short-listed for the student-led teaching awards recently. Thanks to everyone who nominated me (and to the organisers for an uplifting evening).see here for a brief write-up.

Our Darwin Initiative funded project in Madagascar has just ended with a really successful workshop (hosted by the Ministry of Environment) to develop a national bushmeat strategy see here for details.

Work my colleagues here at Bangor and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on the trade in wild palms from central America (published in PLOS ONE) has been covered by the BBC, see the University press release and pictures from the field here.

Julie Razafimanahaka, our partner on the Darwin Initiative bushmeat project is highlighted as a special woman in conservation for International Woman’s day by Fauna and Flora International. See here.

Recent paper on the drivers of bushmeat hunting in Madagascar (published in PLOS ONE) has been covered by the BBC, New York Times, Daily Mail, Science Magasine AAAS, Mongabay, Arkive, PLOS blog, Grist, and the French language blog Slate Africa.

My PhD student Nadia Richman blogs from the field where she is studying Ganges river dolphins in Bangaldesh.

Does Community Forest Management provide the hoped for global environmental benefits and local welfare benefits. Our recent paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution on this subject has been covered by the BBC

Can we use innocuous questions to as about sensitive issues, such as illegal killing of carnivores? A recent paper of ours in Proceedings of the Royal Society which attempts to answer this question has been covered by New Scientist magasine , Conservation Magasine and the blogs Geek System and Freekanomics .

Sophie Williams won an award for the best student paper at the Botanical Society of American meeting in Mossouri, USA. Well done Sophie!

See here for an article about a recent paper we published in the Journal of Applied Ecology on whether conservation should be paid for by effort or results.

Please see here for details of fully-funded EU studentships to work on forest conservation and management (I am involved with two of the projects).

Bangor University is funded by the British Council to work with Universities in Bangladesh and Ghana to help them develop curricula at masters level in conservation science. Please see here for a recent press release about the project.

See here and here for press releases about a recent paper in Science which was co-authored by Nadia Richman and Richard Jenkins in our group.

Job Advert: We are looking for someone with population modeling experience (probably recently finished their PhD) for a 1-year job looking at managing game species in Madagascar sustainably. The job is part of a Darwin Initiative funded project ‘Bushmeat hunting in Madagascar: linking science, policy and local livelihoods’. The closing date is the 1st March 2010. Full details are available here

See here for the press release about funding for our Darwin Initiative funded project looking at bushmeat harvesting in Madagascar.

In collaboration with E. J. Milner-Gulland (Imperial College) and Ben Collen (Institute of Zoology) I organised a NERC Centre for Population Biology funded workshop called ‘Scaling biodiversity monitoring from the local to the global’ held at Imperial College 29th June to 1st July 2009. Details are available here

Our project "Capacity-building for carbon and biodiversity-based payments for Ecosystem Services in the Peruvian Amazon" held a successful workshop in Iquitos Peru, the workshop report is available here