21 September 2023
An international group of scientists, including botanists at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden, has issued an urgent call for coordinated action to save the iconic genus Rafflesia, which contains the world’s largest flowers. This follows a new study which found that most of the 42 species are severely threatened.
12 September 2023
New research co-led by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU, Department of Biology) has revealed alarming data about dwindling lion populations in Africa, but gives new insight into conservation strategies.
From The Conversation: China makes developers pay compensation for their ecological impacts – here’s how this unique scheme works
10 September 2023
Professor EJ Milner-Gulland and other researchers from the Department of Biology/Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science explore how the ecological compensation system in China works.
1 September 2023
A feature article on the work of Dr Tin (Henry) Hung (Department of Biology) to save Dalbergia, the rosewood tree, which is severely threatened across all countries in its distribution range.
More than 900 at-risk animal and plant species not covered by global trade protections, new research shows
12 July 2023
A new study from the Department of Biology has revealed that two-fifths of species likely threatened by the international wildlife trade are not covered by the global agreement that regulates it.
24 March 2023
Oxford biologists comment on new legislation that will unlock key technologies to improve UK food security, reduce pesticide use, and enhance climate-resilience in our crops.
From The Conversation: UN biodiversity conference: what does living in harmony with nature look like?
20 December 2022
Senior Research Fellow Dr Alexandra Zimmermann from the Department of Biology writes about the complexities of resolving human-wildlife conflict and achieving coexistence.
7 December 2022
Launching today, the United Nations Conference of the Parties for Biodiversity (COP15) will convene governments from nearly 200 countries to agree to a new set of goals to tackle the biodiversity crisis over the next decade.
6 December 2022
A new study led by the University of Oxford is the first to quantify the day-to-day barriers that conservation workers face as they try to conserve and manage island ecosystems around the world.
5 December 2022
Ahead of COP15, researchers make key recommendations for policymakers to support Asian countries to meet 2030 biodiversity targets.
25 August 2022
The sites are being restored to flower-rich meadows suitable for Large blue butterflies. Professor Jeremy Thomas of the Department of Biology, and Chair of the Joint Committee for the Re-establishment of the Large Blue Butterfly, spearheaded the successful reintroduction in the UK.
25 August 2022
Oxford University researchers are playing a key role in the first systematic survey of ocean life in the Maldives, from the surface to 1000 metres deep. This will enable the Maldivian Government to develop conservation and sustainable development policies, so that the oceans continue to protect and provide for the Maldivian people.
15 August 2022
Hollie Booth from the Department of Biology discusses whether international marine tourists might be prepared to pay towards community-based shark conservation, in an article first published on the Conversation.
24 June 2022
Nature-based solutions must not be forgotten in the drive to stabilise the climate. But care must be taken to ensure they are not hijacked or misused to ‘greenwash’ emissions, insists Oxford biodiversity expert Professor Nathalie Seddon in a landmark article for the journal Science.
9 May 2022
Newly published research from WildCRU in the Department of Zoology, in collaboration with the Saïd Business School, raises important concerns about whether the trade in donkey skins is being used as a cover for smuggling elephant tusks, pangolin scales and other illegal wildlife products.
From the Conversation: Biodiversity: why new rules to ensure nature benefits from building projects could fail
24 March 2022
EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, and colleagues from the University of Kent write about “biodiversity net gain” – a measure applying to most new developments in England which is intended to ensure nature is left better off overall than before the project began.
From The Conversation: How we discovered that sea turtles in Seychelles have recovered from the brink
17 March 2022
April Burt from the Department of Plant Sciences, together with colleagues from the Universities of Exeter and Pisa, writes about a success story on the isolated Aldabra Atoll.
25 January 2022
New scientific research from Oxford University's Plant Sciences department transforms our understanding of the origins of the sweet potato - identifying a key piece in the puzzle of the evolutionary history of one of the world’s most important staple crops.
20 January 2022
Data collected by the team revealed that 50% of the birds studied were capable of diving over twice the depth previously thought, with implications for conservation efforts of this endangered species.