Postgraduate Seminar Series - Spring 2015 11 June 2015 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (Wallace 129)
Postgraduate Seminar Series
“The idea of the Anthropocene:
imagining alternative social and environmental futures in Wales”
one of our speakers is Anna Pigott, is a 2nd year Geography PhD
student. In 2011 she completed her MSc degree in Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change at Swansea
University and previously graduated in 2007 with a BSc in Geography from
Cambridge University. Her PhD
focusses on how cultural visions of the future 're-imagine' humanity's
relationship with the earth and environmental problems and feed into broader
narratives about social change
The notion of
the Anthropocene has implications for understanding humanity's relationship
with the past, present, and future of life on Earth. In the Anthropocene, it
could be said that the task is no longer to 'map' the earth, but instead to
make sense of the tangled relationships between humanity and the Earth. Such a
focus looks for new geographical imaginations and narratives of the past and
the future, especially those emerging in the realms of art and politics. This
paper takes Wales, a country with a pioneering political approach to
sustainability, as a case study and explores how various organisations,
particularly in the arts sector, are responding to the idea of the Anthropocene
and creating visions for alternative social and environmental futures.
Informed movement: one
step at a time, do animals have a fundamental step length?
one of our speakers is Richard Lewis. Richard is an MRes student here at
Swansea and previously achieved a 2:1 in Zoology from Swansea University.
Richard undertook an industrial year with Natural Resources Wales and hopes in
the future to pursue a career working with carnivores.
With global biodiversity in
rapid decline understanding how, when and where animals move within their
habitat is of paramount importance to conservation. Current bio-logging tags
have a low recording frequency and resolution of animal movement, due to
battery constraints. The result of low recording frequencies are isolated
pinpoints on a map, with straight lines being drawn between them, the
“fundamental step length”. However, movement trajectories are often highly
tortuous as individuals adapt their movement based on environmental cues. Such
data are lost with low recording frequencies. Therefore it is proposed that
high frequency archival tags can recreate these highly tortuous pathways and
provide a more accurate description of an animal’s spatial ecology.