Hill, AP, Davies, A, Prince, P, Snaddon, JL, Doncaster, CP, Rogers, A. Leveraging conservation action with open‐source hardware. Conservation Letters. 2019;e12661. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12661
New paper from the #AudioMoth team, outlining the framework for developing, funding, and sustaining open-source hardware for conservation.
Data collection by conservation biologists is undergoing radical change, with researchers collaborating across disciplines to create bespoke, low‐cost monitoring equipment from open‐source hardware (OSH). Compared to commercial hardware, OSH dramatically reduces participation costs. Four barriers currently hold back its wide adoption: (1) user inexperience inhibits initial uptake; (2) complex and costly manufacturing/distribution procedures impede global dissemination; (3) lack of creator support results in lapsed projects; and (4) lack of user support degrades continued utility in the field. Here, we propose a framework to address these barriers, illustrating how OSH offers a route to rapid expansion of community‐driven conservation action.
Ashton-Butt, A., Willcock, S., Purnomo, D., Suhardi, Aryawan, A. A. K., Wahyuningsih, R., Hood, A. S. C., Naim, M., Poppy, G. M., Caliman, J-P., Peh, K. S-H., Snaddon, J. L. (2019) Replanting of first-generation oil palm results in a second wave of biodiversity loss. Ecology and Evolution 9 (11), 6433-6443. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5218
New Paper:Deploying acoustic detection algorithms on low-cost, open-source acoustic sensors for environmental monitoring
Prince, P., Hill, A., Pina Covarrubias, E., Doncaster, C. P., Snaddon, J. L., & Rogers, A. (2019) Deploying Acoustic Detection Algorithms on Low-Cost, Open-Source Acoustic Sensors for Environmental Monitoring. Sensors, 19(3), 553; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19030553
New paper: Positive effects of liana cutting on seedlings are reduced during El Niño‐induced drought
O'Brien, M.J., Philipson, C.D., Reynolds, G., Dzulkifli, D., Snaddon, J. L., Ong, R., Hector, A. (2019) Positive effects of liana cutting on seedlings are reduced during El Niño‐induced drought. Journal of Applied Ecology. 00:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13335
New paper: Understory Vegetation in Oil Palm Plantations Benefits Soil Biodiversity and Decomposition Rates
Ashton-Butt, A., Aryawan, A. A., Hood, A. S., Naim, M., Purnomo, D., Suhardi, Wahyuningsih, R., Willcock, S., Poppy, G., Caliman, J.-P., Turner, E. C., Foster, W., Peh, K. S.-H. and Snaddon, J. L. (2018) Understory vegetation in oil palm plantations benefits soil biodiversity and decomposition rates. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 1:10 (doi:10.3389/ffgc.2018.00010).
Eleven months after joining the Centre for Environmental Science (CES) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment in September 2017, I moved across with CES to the new School of Geography and Environmental Science(SoGES) in the Shackleton Building, Building 44, which is on the green side of the Highfield Campus. To an office with a fantastic view over Building 44’s quad and water feature; and enjoy almost daily sightings of the resident female Grey Wagtail.
The move is part of the restructuring of faculties here at Southampton, which has seen the academic units where there is considerable activity, teaching and research, relating to the environment brought together under the new Faculty of Environmental and Life Science. The school (SoGES) itself has a wealth of ecological researchers particularly linked to spatial and temporal processes. Along with some great teaching, sediment and microscopy labs/facilities, which the past year’s and current Masters and undergraduate students have already been making use of for their dissertation projects.
Congratulations, to this year’s MSci and MRes students in Zoology, Biology and Ecology after defending their theses. Great array of talks on mammal communities in Belize, flocking birds in Malaysia, over wintering Bumblebees in urban Southampton and insect diversity of university green spaces to name a few!
It has been great to have Anak Agung Ketut Aryawan, Resti Wahyuningsih, and Dedi Purnomo here in Southampton for a couple of days during their UK visit from SMARTRI, Indonesia. We managed to catchup with updates on BEFTA programme projects and the new trials and experiments they are running in the plantations in Sumatra. Lots of good discussion on oil palm; bait lamina; sorting insect sample efficiently; and why people need the value weeds. We also managed to fit in a talk from Lek on his resent field trip to Thailand – looking at freshwater communities on the forest-oil palm boundary, and an excursion to Chilworth Conservation Area to see some of the Southampton countryside and help Hannah Gunn, Biological Sciences student with some ant sampling.
Congratulations, to Frances Mullany, Georgina Hollands and Chloe Lewis on graduating this week with their MSci degrees. After defending their theses on fruit-feeding butterfly communities, leaf litter ant communities in Belize and Morlet’s Crocodiles in Guatemala earlier in the year. Here, Frances and Georgina celebrating with two other fellow MSci students Owen Middleton and Charles Wilson after final theses talks.