Global Strategy for Plant Conservation lectures
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) has set 16 targets for 2020 and is supported by the conservation work at the Oxford Botanic Garden. Learn more about it with this series of four lectures given to third year biology undergraduates by botanist Timothy Walker. The lecture series covers the creation of the GSPC, how threatened...
Are exhausts causing dementia?
When you walk down the street or you stand waiting for a bus you are exposed to breathing in the fumes of passing vehicles. In our latest podcast we look at the tiny particles within these fumes to find out what they could be doing to our health.
Teaming up with Oxford University of Earth Science and Lancaster University, we ask the...
How do you turn a plastic bag into fuel?
There are a lot of plastic bags out there. Every year we get through 1 trillion plastic bags worldwide. quick math that means we are using 1 million bags a minute
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could turn this plastic into something useful- say fuel for your car? On this episode of the Big Question podcast we are looking at the world of waste...
Oxford University Museum of Natural History - For Students and Teachers
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is dedicated to the development of online resources for a range of audiences, from Learning Zone for young children through to Learning More for older students and even researches.
Conserving nature – it’s not just about the animals...
Why is it important to conserve biodiversity?
Nature and biological diversity (biodiversity) are integral to our survival and provides us with essential services. For example, nutrient recycling supports plant production, forests provide food and materials, and oceans regulate our climate. Nature even defines our beliefs and cultural...
When people think of conservation, they often think that it is about saving species. Whilst this is partly true, conservation is actually much more than that. Conservation involves efforts that protect and sustain everything from the genes that make up a species, to the habitats in which they live.
Relationships 1 - People and plants: balancing conservation and commerce
How can working with people to understand how they use their local plants be used to protect them when industry moves in? How do we find and conserve areas of high 'bioquality'? William Hawthorn explains how being able to identify what plants are where, and what their value are to local people can help protect the 'bioquality' of forests by...
Lectures from the Environmental Change Institute
Learn about topics being studied in Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, with a range of lectures spanning climate change, energy, tropical forestry, environmental governance, economics, and the media.
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Earthquakes, can we make smarter buildings?
Major earthquakes across the world have damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, bridges, and other structures. But is there a way of monitoring the building structures to see if it is at risk of falling after an earthquake has struck?
To find the answers we headed to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford to...
Lectures from the Oxford Earth Sciences Department
Learn about the fascinating topics being studied in the Earth Sciences department - from meteor impacts, to climate change, to the formation of planetary systems. Click the link below to access a series of 9 lectures on diverse topics:
Read about the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project
The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project, or OuTrop, was established in 1999 to understand and protect the ecosystems of the Borneo rainforest of Sabangu, home to many endangered species including the largest known population of Borneo orangutans....