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Verrall Lecture 2023

1 March 2023 @ 08:00 17:00

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The speaker for the Verrall Lecture 2022 will be Dr Edgar Turner.

Dr Edgar Turner

Associate Professor, Curator of Insects in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Tutor for Access and Outreach, Clare College

Ed Turner is a conservation scientist who researches strategies that can be employed to conserve species diversity and healthy ecosystem functioning both in the UK and abroad. He is also a University Teaching Officer in the Department of Zoology, Curator of Insects in the University Museum of Zoology and a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.

His work includes investigating biodiversity of oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia on the BEFTA programme, the SAFE Project in Sabah, Malaysia that experimentally investigates the impact of rainforest fragmentation and collaborating with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust in the UK, investigating insect diversity and management on chalk grassland reserves.

Managing tropical ecosystems for insect biodiversity – Edgar Turner

Tropical ecosystems contain an astonishing variety of life, but are increasingly threatened, particularly by logging, agricultural expansion, and the pervasive impacts of climate change. In this talk I will explore our ongoing work with collaborators in Malaysia and Indonesia investigating some of the impacts of forest logging and conversion to oil palm on insects, but also ways that landscapes can be managed to maintain and even increase insect biodiversity.

Ed is interested in insect ecology and conservation, with research projects based in both the UK and Southeast Asia. His research focusses on ways that human-modified landscapes can be managed to benefit biodiversity and healthy-functioning ecosystems, while still allowing other uses. With collaborators from universities, NGOs and the oil palm industry, Ed has studied the impacts of tropical agricultural expansion in Southeast Asia, particularly on insects, for about 20 years. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology, and Curator of Insects in the University Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

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