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Evening online talk 2022 – Jane Hill

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5 October 2022 @ 19:30 20:45

The Royal Entomological Society organises insect science conferences and events around the UK and the world for people at all stages of career and interest.

Becoming a member entitles you to discounted (and sometimes free) access to the majority of events.

The first of the Royal Entomological Society’s online evening meetings

These online meetings take place on the first Wednesdays in February, April, May, June, July, October, November, December from 19.30 to 20.45 (UK time).

There will also be an opportunity to hear some exciting updates about the Society and its activities.

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Speaker: Professor Jane Hill, Professor of Ecology, University of York

President of the Royal Entomological Society

Insect winners and losers from climate warming

The climate is changing and many species are shifting their distributions, expanding northwards as new areas become suitable, but disappearing from other locations that become too hot and dry. Britain has a wealth of information about changes in biodiversity over many decades because of the general public’s fascination for recording animals and plants – and butterflies are a particular favourite. This information helps us examine species’ responses, and the factors responsible for variation among species. This talk examines recent patterns of climate-driven range changes among species, and how this knowledge is being used to inform conservation.

Conservation to improve habitat connectivity can help species reach new areas, and habitat management can help prevent climate-driven extinctions, thereby helping to reduce biodiversity losses. Recent media reports about ‘insectageddon’ together with the IPBES estimate that 1 million species are threatened with extinction, makes it imperative to understand which species are winners and losers in the Anthropocene. 

Speckled wood butterfly – a winner under climate change
Speckled wood butterfly – a winner under climate change

Prof. Jane Hill is a professor of ecology in the Department of Biology at the University of York, and the newest president of the Royal Entomological Society.

Jane is a trustee of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, and a trustee of the British Ecological Society. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Jane is also involved in promoting women in science; leading the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award.

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