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The wide-ranging interview with Presenter Jim Al-Khalili  on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific covers Kathy’s academic career in biodiversity focussing on plants and their environments from the New Forest to the Galapagos Islands and all points between: “I’m determined to prove botany is not the ‘Cinderella of science”. She discusses the necessity of knowing the deep history of a landscape before taking policy decisions for its management, and the importance of developing land-use decision-making tools, such as the Local Ecological Footprint Tool (LEFT), to conserve land that is outside protected areas. The interview also covers some of the challenges facing the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, where Kathy is Director of Science, which has faced a reduction in government funding in recent years.

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September 8, 2017

Shrub growth and expansion in the Arctic tundra: an assessment of controlling factors using an evidence-based approach

September 2017. A new open-access research paper examines possible controls on Arctic shrubification using an evidence-based approach. Over at least the last three decades, changes in Arctic vegetation composition have occurred that have ... Continue reading

May 19, 2017

Plant Conservation Day: Global Pollen Project featured on Methods in Ecology Blog

To celebrate Plant Conservation Day, the Global Pollen Project has today been featured on the Methods in Ecology and Evolution Blog, in a guest post by Andrew Martin. The Global Pollen Project ... Continue reading

May 12, 2017

Long-term Ecology and Future Planet Earth – A symposium in honour of Professor Kathy Willis

News item contributed by Professor John Birks, University of Bergen The Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group in the Department of Biology, University of Bergen organised a one-day symposium on Long-term ... Continue reading

May 11, 2017

Congratulations to Heri Andrianandrasana

We are delighted and proud to announce that this week Heri Andrianandrasana passed his DPhil viva with flying colours. His thesis examines ... Continue reading

April 28, 2017

Natural Capital of Street Trees

In a new Perspectives paper published in Science on 28 Apr 2017, Kathy Willis and Gill Petrokfosky highlight the considerable advantages of street trees as a natural capital ... Continue reading