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Interview on Arise TV

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On Monday, I was interviewed by Arise TV (Sky channel 519) about the ongoing poaching crisis of African elephants and pangolins.  You can watch the interview in full below:


Interview on BBC Radio Wales

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This morning I woke up at the ungodly hour of 5 am to be interviewed on BBC Radio Wales.  I spoke about the international trade in endangered species and how the CITES meeting can help improve the conservation of pangolins.  You can listen to the clip here:  (My interview starts at 19 mins 50 seconds)


Today on BBC One's Breakfast show

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Today I was interviewed on BBC One's Breakfast show to talk about the start of the CITES conference on endangered species.  I spoke about WWF's positions on ivory and pangolin trade.  You can watch the clip below.


How to create the most impact with your journal article

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Impact. A word that causes most academics to get shivers down their spines. For American academics aspiring to get tenure, to Indian academics going for big grants, the impact factor of the journals you publish in could be the be-all-and-end-all for your entire career. Indeed, it can be the difference between getting that promotion/grant or not.

Much has been written about impact factors in the past, so I am not going to reinvent the wheel here. Yes, we know there are problems with using impact factors to assess the standard of an academic's work. But, for now, it seems that this is one of the main metrics that your boss and your grant assessor is going to look at when determining how "good" an academic you are.

However, let's not forget the real reason that most of us ever got into academia in the first place: to make a difference. To change the world. To improve technology. To save lives. To reduce pollution. To expand minds.

And how best can we do that? …

Condoms and Conservation: Using Birth Control to Help Save the Planet

Linking overpopulation to climate change can be a thorny issue, but on a local level some conservation charities are having great success integrating family planning advice into their environmental programming

By Flora Bagenal, interviewing Niki Rust amongst others
Reposted from NewsDeeply

It all began when some women asked for contraceptive advice from a pair of doctors working for a small international research group surveying the oceans in southern Madagascar. At the time, Blue Ventures was a conservation group made up of scientists and volunteers who were gathering data on coral reefs and fisheries in Velondriake, a remote and poverty-stricken part of the country. The doctors were there to provide medical assistance to divers, but they soon found their services were also required by women from the local villages.

“The medics had women coming to them, talking about their reproductive health needs,” says Laura Robson, the health and environment partnerships manager for Blue Ventures. “T…