Tuesday 2 October 2018

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 04 October 2018

Biosciences Seminar Series - Autumn 2018
04 October 2018 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

From population modelling to popular science writing

Daniela Rabaiotti

(Zoological Society of London, UK)

Photo by Nick Lyon for #Dynasties - @BBCOne @BBCEarth

It is THAT week again - our Biosciences Seminar Series resumes for the new academic year - 2018/19! We are delighted to start by welcoming Daniela Rabaiotti from the Zoological Society of London and the Center for Biodiversity and Environmental Research at UCL. Dani is an ecologist and conservation biologist, with a strong interest also in policy and science communication. Currently her research focusses on understanding climate change effects on wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) - also called painted dogs - using individual and population level data and combining empirical data and spatial simulations. She has also completed two policy placements, as BES POST Fellow, and a RCUK placement in the Royal Society policy team, and has become a best-selling author with her book 'Does it fart?'. 

In this talk I will discuss my research into the impacts of climate change on the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, an endangered canid species, and how it lead me into the world of science communication. I will begin by discussing the findings of a temperature sensitive individual based model of wild dog population dynamics under climate change, and will lay out how I intend to use it to predict climatic impacts across the species’ range. I will then go on to cover how this work lead me to become a popular science author, via the world of policy, focusing on how social media can be used for science communication. I will discuss my experiences with using social media for science communication  and how it lead to the publication of my book ‘Does It Fart? The definitive field guide to animal flatulence’, as well as other opportunities in popular science writing.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars see here