Conservation and biodiversity research in the Taita Hills

On 15 May we hosted a meeting on conservation and biodiversity research in the Taita Hills, Kenya. The meeting was organised together with the TEREC lab of Ghent University.

The full program can be found here.

Presentations of speakers are available in pdf format:

Long-term demographic responses of understory bird species to habitat fragmentation in the Usambara Mountains (Bill Newmark, Natural History Museum of Utah)

Land cover changes in Taita Hills and the impacts on carbon sequestration and water resources (Petri Pellikka, University of Helsinki)

Seeing the forest for the trees in indigenous forest relicts, exotic plantations and the landscape matrix (Koen Thijs, KULeuven)

Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project and potential expansion into the Taita Hills (Mwangi Githiru, Wildlife Works, Kenya)

Two decades of avian research in the Taita Hills: a bird's eye view (Luc Lens, UGent)

White eyes in naturally and anthropogenically fragmented forest patches (Jan Habel, Technische Universität München)

Cooperative breeding strategies in a fragmented population of a tropical forest passerine (Liesbeth De Neve, UGent)

Integrating connectivity and PVA approaches to inform management of fragmented populations: opportunities and challenges (Justin Travis, University of Aberdeen)

Modelling population viability of birds in relation to forest restoration and connectivity in the Taita Hills (Job Aben, UA)


Summerschool on " Ecology and Evolution of Parasites and Infections: From data to theory"

From 17-19 September 2014 the Evolutionary Ecology Group at the Department of Biology, University of Antwerp organizes a 3-day Summer workshop

" Ecology and Evolution of Parasites and Infections: From data to theory".

This workshop is open to Ph.D.-students and young post-doctoral researchers with an interest in the Ecology and Evolution of Parasites and Infections. Participation is free of charge and includes hand-outs, refreshments during breaks and lunch. The number of participants is limited to 15.

For registration (obligatory), send an email with a brief motivation (max. 10 lines) and a cv to before 31 August.


The program of the workshop consists of two different activities:

1) Renowned international scientists will give lectures, at PhD-student level, about recent developments related to the workshop theme in their discipline;

These include (titles still to be specified more):

Sandra Telfer (University of Aberdeen):  The importance of empirical studies to test and develop theoretical models of disease transmission.
Niels Hens (University of Hasselt): Vaccination as an experiment to test epi-demiological theory. (+hands-on session on epidemiological modelling in software R)
Philippe Lemey (KU Leuven): Integrating molecular data and computational biology to investigate virus evolution: from data to theory. (+ demonstration of software for such work)

2)  All participating PhD-students and post-docs briefly present their research project and have ample time to discuss it with the other participants and the international scientists. The aim is to stimulate networking within Flanders and receive fresh input from top experts in the field.