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Oxford University (UOXF.AC)

The Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) is part of the Oxford University, which has more academic staff working in world-class research departments than any other UK university. It has won £248.2 million through open competition for externally sponsored grants and contracts in 2006/7, some 5% of this research funding coming from the European Union. There are currently over 7000 postgraduate students, almost half of whom are from outside the UK. The OUCE is located in the School of Geography, and is one of the leading international centres for geographical and environmental research. Within the OUCE, the Water Management and Policy Group work on the human dimensions of the water cycle. With a focus on integrated techniques, the group is involved in a wide range of activities designed to support natural resource decision making and scientific outreach. OUCE also incorporates the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) which has a well established record of research on many climate change and biodiversity issues.

Paul Jepson

Paul Jepson (DPhil) is course Director for the MSc in Nature Society and Environmental Policy. He previously worked in international biodiversity policy through positions with BirdLife International and the World Bank. He is interested in the role of scientific, cultural and institutional knowledge-practices in production, replication and/or transformation of environmental policy frames. Paul Jepson website.

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Jon David

Jon David is a biodiversity modeller working with Work Package 5 at Oxford University. He holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from Oxford University and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Warwick University. His current research involves the development of an index that assesses the vulnerability freshwater biodiversity to climate change at global and regional scales. His other research interests include integrating climate change into systematic conservation plans for freshwaters, the development of statistical methods to analyse long-term time-series data and addressing conservation issues facing freshwater megafauna.

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William Bibby

William Bibby writer of the BioFresh blog and currently managing BioFresh's online communications.

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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/