Last week, David Dodds came to tell us all about what it’s like to be an ecological consultant who specialises in bats!
So what do ecological consultants actually do?
- Their main aim is to limit the damage done by people such as developers (the bad guys!), so what thet do isn’t really conservation – more like prevention!
- They advise developers on things like wildlife laws, licenses for development, and moral obligations
- Their jobs involve LOTS of fieldwork! They are always having to do wildlife surveys and research on behalf of their clients.
- Unfortunately, this also means LOTS of report writing, which often end up in courts of law.
- A lot of teamwork is involved, working with people from lots of different ecological disciplines on one site, and there is lots of talking and careful planning!
- Work can often be seasonal, especially if you work with bats!
- Also often requires antisocial hours and lots of travelling to various sites
- Most importantly – although we’re all here for our love of wildlife – ecological consultants have to be able to deal with people too! A LOT! It’s important in this job that you can talk to people and be able to influence their decisions!
On the 11th of Feb, we had an interesting talk on ‘The Conservation Value and Vulnerability of Amphibian Communities along a Tropical Altitudnal Gradient‘ by Jaime Villacampa who has spent a lot of time in tropical areas studying amphibians and their ecology – especially in Peru.
He started off by giving us a bit of background information on tropical amphibians!
- Of the ~7000 species of amphibians, around 600 of these are found in Peru!
- The Manu region of Peru – where Jaime conducted his research – is the most diverse area for amphibians in the world!!
- Tropical areas are good for amphibians because of their huge variety of habitats!
- Tropical areas are also, usually, very humid – this is perfect for amphibians as they need to keep their thin skin nice and moist!
Various speakers: “Talking Sheep” – an insight into the world of ruminants from various biological perspectives!
Graham Kerr Building, 6:30pm. Food and drink provided! (Facebook Event Here)
This Thursday we will be having our final talk of the year in association with the Sheep Veterinary Society and MSD Health!
‘Talking Sheep’ is a nation wide talk scheme with an element of veterinary medicine. The scheme was initiated to give people an insight into the world of sheep and other ruminants, as well as linking it to wider ecosystems and parisitology/virology.
During the talk, we will be hearing about work done in various fields – including virology, parisitology and disease control – across the world as well as in our own country. Speakers will include Dr. Valentina Busin DVM MRCVS DipECSRHM, Mr. George King BVMS CertVC MRCVS, Mr. Richard Thompson BVSc CertSHP MRCVS and Hannah Davidson – a Zoology undergraduate student here at the University of Glasgow.
Since it’s a special, collaborative event there will even be some food and drink at the talk , so come along to enjoy a night of knowledge and festivities before we all go home for Christmas!
Laurie Baker: Outfoxing Rabies.
6:00pm, Boyd Orr Building, Room 506. (Facebook Event Here)
This week, we have PhD student Laurie Baker coming along to give us a talk on a very interesting and current project!
Mark Mitchell: Zoology Careers in Conservation and the RSPB!
6:30pm, Boyd Orr Building room 507. (Facebook Event Here)
Tonight, Mark Mitchell from the RSPB will be coming to do a talk on conservation careers, specifically within the RSPB. Continue reading