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Congratulations to David Macdonald

Congratulations to David Macdonald who has been ranked number 3 in a 'power list' of 'Conservation heroes' by BBC Wildlife magazine. Several other biologists trained in this department make the top 50.

Decline of large wild herbivores may lead to an 'empty landscape'

Led by William Ripple of Oregon State University, an international team of 15 scientists including Professor David Macdonald and Dr Chris Sandom of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), conducted a comprehensive analysis of data on the world’s largest herbivores (of adult body mass over 100 kilograms on average), including endangerment status, key threats and ecological consequences of population decline. The researchers publish their observations in Science Advances.

Secret life of penguins revealed for World Penguin Day

Launched in 2014, Penguin Watch, led by Oxford University scientists, including Dr Tom Hart from the Department of Zoology, with input from the Australian Antarctic Division, asks the public to go online and count penguins in images taken by remote cameras monitoring nearly 100 colonies in Antarctica. The results will help scientists to discover what penguins get up to over the winter, how climate change and human activity impact on how they breed and feed, and why some colonies and species are declining whilst others thrive.


Dr Allison Daley is this year's recipient of the Jan Bergström Young Geoscientist Award from the Geological Society of Sweden

Flip for Flap: How ibis cooperate during migration flight

A new paper in PNAS by Bernhard Voelkl and colleagues reports a study on the social dynamics during bird migration flight. The authors tracked a flock of 14 critically endangered juvenile Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremite on their first, southbound migration. GPS loggers were attached to each bird to record each individual’s position within the flock. Results reveal that individuals cooperate by taking turns in the energetically costly lead position of a V-shaped formation.