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Island Biology Conference seminars – you heard them here first.

Tenerife from the planeYou are cordially invited to a research seminar on Tuesday 12th July @1100 in Newton NW205. Duncan McCollin and Jeff Ollerton from the School of Science and Technology will be presenting two short seminars, which they will present later in July at a conference in the Azores.

Jeff and Duncan will be attending the Island Biology conference and each presenting these short (c. 15 minute) talks on recent research findings.

  • “Turnover dynamics of breeding land birds on islands: ‘true but trivial’ over decadal time-scales?” (Duncan)
  • “Spatio-temporal stability of island endemic plant-pollinator interactions” (Jeff)

All invited. Please come along if you can.

Advice for senior scientists and the importance of first-author publications

Another thought-provoking post from our own Professor Jeff Ollerton

“The internet is awash with bloggers and dedicated sites giving advice to early-career scientists and graduate research students (what I’ll collectively refer to as ECRs).  Much of it is very good (see for example The Thesis Whisperer, any number of posts over at Dynamic Ecology and Small Pond Science, and the University of Northampton’s own Research Support Hub), though sometimes it’s contradictory and comes down to matters of taste and opinion …

… But there is very little guidance and advice out there for more senior scientists who are mid- to late-career.”

Read what Jeff has to say on the subject, and some interesting comments from his readers: Jeff Ollerton’s biodiversity blog.

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Invitation to Professor Jeff Ollerton’s “Extinctions of aculeate pollinators in Britain”

In preparation for a conference in Sweden next week, Professor Jeff Ollerton is giving a sneak preview of his 20 minute conference presentation. And he would love some feedback!

“Extinctions of aculeate pollinators in Britain and the role of large-scale agricultural changes” will be held on Wednesday 22nd October at 4pm in Newton NW205, Avenue Campus.

All welcome.

Jeff Ollerton: The Cliff

Research Support Hub readers will surely be interested in Professor Jeff Ollerton’s latest blog post, The Cliff, in which Professor Jeff reflects on 20 years as a PhD examiner, discusses the growth of literature in his field and what it means for new research students, and highlights a mysterious publishing statistic.

You can subscribe to all Jeff’s posts at jeffollerton.wordpress.com.

Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area celebrates first anniversary

Representatives from a major conservation project in Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Huntingdonshire are attending a special event in London today (26th March) to mark the first anniversary of England’s Nature Improvement Area (NIA) programme.

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Bumblebee experts create a buzz at the University of Northampton

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton

On the 11th April over 70 of the UK and Ireland’s pollination scientists and conservationists will be meeting at the University of Northampton for the biennial Bumblebee Working Group meeting.

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