Geography at Cambridge - news 2015-01-25T03:46:12+00:00 Vacancy for a 12-month Lectureship in Human Geography 2015-01-21T00:00:00+00:00 The Department is currently advertising a 12-month Lectureship in Human Geography, with a closing date of 12 February. Further information is available. Phil Gibbard awarded the James Croll Medal 2014 2015-01-10T00:00:00+00:00 Professor Phil Gibbard was awarded the prestigious James Croll Medal 2014 by Quaternary Research Association at the 2015 Annual Discussion Meeting in Edinburgh on 6 January 2015. The medal, the Association's highest award, was given in recognition of Phil's outstanding contributions to the field of Quaternary Science. The award reflects Phil's broad-ranging and cutting edge research across glacial, periglacial and interglacial stratigraphy, and his outstanding contributions to national and international committees including the QRA, INQUA and the ICS' Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Nereus PhD studentship 2015-01-07T00:00:00+00:00 Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship on the Nereus programme, with the topic of Mangroves, Fisheries and Community Livelihoods. Deadline for application is 4th February. The social risks of using drones for conservation 2014-12-10T00:00:00+00:00 Drones are increasingly used to monitor habitat change and to catch poachers. But what might be the social implications of these activities, and could they undermine human rights and conservation objectives in the long term? Chris Sandbrook, the Lecturer in Conservation Leadership, was interviewed on this topic for the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet series, first broadcast on Tuesday 9th December. You can listen to the interview, which starts about 20 minutes into the episode. David Stoddart (1937-2014) 2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 The Department records, with great sadness, the death of David Ross Stoddart (1937-2014) on 23 November 2014. David was a member of the Department of Geography between 1956 and 1988. Professor of Geography vacancy 2014-11-17T00:00:00+00:00 The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Geography (1993) invite applications for this Professorship, to take up appointment as soon as possible. Preference will be given to persons whose work is connected with Physical Geography. Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in Physical Geography and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. Does it help conservation to put a price on nature? 2014-11-13T00:00:00+00:00 Putting a price on the services which a particular ecosystem provides may encourage the adoption of greener policies, but it may come at the price of biodiversity conservation. Writing in the journal Science, Professor Bill Adams of the Department argues that assigning a quantitative value to nature does not automatically lead to the conservation of biodiversity, and may in fact contribute to species loss and conflict. UCCRI student reports from Future Earth meeting 2014-11-06T00:00:00+00:00 Following a global call for participants, Jasper Montana, a PhD student in the Department and the Conservation Research Institute was selected to attend the DIVERSITAS celebrations event in Spain last month. DIVERSITAS is an international programme of biodiversity science, established to address the complex questions posed by major environmental changes facing the planet. This event marked the closure of DIVERSITAS and its transition into the new Future Earth initiative. The Ethnographic Experiment 2014-11-04T00:00:00+00:00 On 4th November Tim Bayliss-Smith helped to organise the launch in St John's College of a recently published book entitled The Ethnographic Experiment: A. M. Hocart and W.H.R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, edited by Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg (Berghahn, Oxford, 2014). The book examines an expedition to Solomon Islands in 1908 led by William Rivers, who was a Cambridge psychologist, social anthropologist and, later on, a pioneer of psychoanalysis. Connecting health research and disaster research: global health, disaster risk reduction and disaster response 2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00 The Environmental Systems and Processes Research Group is delighted to welcome Dr Ilan Kelman to the Department on Tuesday, 28th October. Dr Kelman, Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London, will talk on 'Connecting health research and disaster research: global health, disaster risk reduction and disaster response' in the Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography at 1pm.