Benelux Congress of Zoology
The 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology co-organized by the Royal Belgian and Dutch Zoological Societies, will take place in Liège (Belgium) on 12 & 13 December 2014 at the Institute of Zoology (University of Liège).
Four general topics will be illustrated by four keynote speakers: open access in science publishing, ecological interactions, animal evolution and conservation biology.
Two special sessions will be devoted to widely used techniques: one about state-of-the-art genetic research methods in zoology, and one about the use of biomarkers to study trophic links and food web structure.
While keynote speakers will give presentations related to the general topics of the congress, Zoology 2014 will welcome oral presentations and posters from researchers at all stages of their scientific career (master students, PhD students, post-docs or confirmed scientists) and from all fields of animal science, from molecules to biosphere. Conference is also open to general public interested in advances in animal science.
Zoology 2014 will be an excellent opportunity for zoology students and young scientists to meet colleagues and to present and discuss the results of their research. Moreover, the conference will give an overview of the current scientific work from many European universities and zoological institutes, and thus provide ample opportunity for establishing contacts for collaboration.
Please follow this link to the conference website.
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Behaviour and Management of European Ungulates
A new book Behaviour and Management of Eurpean Ungulates, edited by Rory Putman and Marco Apollonio has just been published. It contains the following chapters, contributed by recognised experts in the field:
1. Behaviour and management of European ungulates, Rory Putman and Marco Apollonio.
2. Valuing ungulates in Europe, Sándor Csányi, Juan Carranza, Boštjan Pokorny, Rory Putman and Mark Ryan.
3. Reintroductions as a management tool for European ungulates, Massimo Scandura, Marco Apollonio and Nikica Šprem.
4. Introducing aliens: problems associated with invasive exotics, Francesco Ferretti and Sandro Lovari.
5. Competition between domestic and wild ungulates, Roberta Chirichella, Marco Apollonio and Rory Putman.
6. Effects of selective harvesting on ungulate populations, Atle Mysterud.
7. The management of urban populations of ungulates, Rory Putman, Jochen Langbein, Peter Watson,Peter Green and Seán Cahill.
8. The management of ungulates in protected areas, Stefano Grignolio, Marco Heurich, Nikica Šprem and Marco Apollonio.
9. Challenges in the management of cross-border populations of ungulates, Carlos Fonseca, Rita Torres,João P.V. Santos, José Vingada and Marco Apollonio.
10. Novel management methods: immunocontraception and other fertility control tools, Giovanna Massei,Dave Cowan and Douglas Eckery.
11. Welfare issues in the management of wild ungulates, Frauke Ohl and Rory Putman.
12. Management of ungulates in the 21st century: how far have we come?, Naomi Sykes and Rory Putman.
The book is published by Whittles Publishing and can be ordered here.
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I have recently updated the website to a new system, as the previous CMS was no longer well-supported. All functionality has been maintained, but improvements to security mean that some previous passwords will no longer work. If you already have an account and cannot login with your password (or if you have forgotten it), please click on the 'Forgot your password?' link and you'll receive an e-mail allowing you to reset it.This e-mail will be sent to the address you originally used to register. If you cannot login and have changed your e-mail address, you will need to re-register with a new username and password.
Suggestions for improvements and any contributions are very welcome (especially some small pictures of European mammal species).
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Bechstein's bat in Luxembourg
A new monograph on the ecology of Bechstein's bat in Luxembourg has just been published in the first volume of Ökologie der Säugetiere to be produced entirely in the English language.
The monograph summarises an exceptionally detailed study into the ecology of this otherwise rather poorly known species across 22 woodlands in Luxembourg. Using mist-netting and radiotracking, bats were followed to their daytime roosts, the majority of which were in woodpecker holes. Being able to locate such a large number of roosts allowed the authors, Markus Dietz and Jaques Pir, to gather detailled information about the ecological needs of this bat and to make recommendations about appropriate forest management practices for this Natura 2000 species.
A wealth of detailed information is provided in a very readable way with many colour photographs and some very attractive drawings of the bats.
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