PREDICTS Symposium

To mark the end of the first three years of the PREDICTS project, we have invited all past and present team members to a one-day symposium at the Natural History Museum, on 14th September. There will be overviews of what the project has achieved, the latest results, and a ...

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Want to work on PREDICTS?

A three-year senior postdoctoral position is available to work on the next stage of PREDICTS – a NERC-funded project entitled "How does global land use reshape ecological assemblages over time?" The job is based at the Natural History Museum in London, with some time at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge. It would suit ...

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PREDICTS database paper published!

The paper describing the PREDICTS database as of March 2014 has been accepted for open-access publication in Ecology and Evolution and is available on their Early View page. A massive thank-you to all who contributed their data to the database! If you would like to see what has been said ...

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Database paper submitted

We have just submitted the manuscript that describes the PREDICTS database for open-access publication in Ecology and Evolution The manuscript fully describes how the database was designed, populated and validated. The manuscript presents assessments of the data's taxonomic, geographic and temporal coverage, based on a snapshot of the database ...

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30,000 species!

Yesterday the PREDICTS database passed 30,000 species, thanks to Sara Contu uploading a large study of Costa Rican plants (by Mayfield et al. The same study has taken us past 10,000 plant species. We're also making good progress with geographic coverage - we now have 77 countries represented ...

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Thanks a million!

Our millionth biodiversity record has just gone into the PREDICTS database. Victoria Kemp got us close with a large Canadian study of mites and Collembola, and Sam Hill reached the milestone with a Cameroonian study of plants at fifty sites. We currently have 348 data sets, with over 11,800 ...

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PREDICTS in New Scientist!

This week's New Scientist has a piece largely about the PREDICTS project, arising from Tim Newbold's talk at INTECOL. Written by Michael Marshall, the piece weaves together some strands from PREDICTS together with some discussion of Planetary Boundaries. Although it's a bit ahead of where we've ...

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200th data source!

We've had an amazing month for data, averaging over 10,000 new records per day through July, and data from the 200th source - Hatfield & LeBuhn's 2007 study of bumble bees in montane meadows - has just been uploaded to the PREDICTS database. Fittingly, it was Adriana who uploaded it ...

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MODISTools R package released

Two of the PREDICTS team - Sean Tuck (MSc 2011-2012, currently completing a PhD at Oxford) and Helen Phillips (MSc 2011-2012, currently completing a PREDICTS-related PhD at Imperial) - recently released the MODISTools R package. MODISTools fetches data from the NASA's archive of MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) satellite data - complete coverage ...

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50th country!

The database now has biodiversity data from studies in 50 countries, with Marin-Spiotta et al.]'s 2007 study of reforestation in Puerto Rico being the latest addition. Colombia remains that country with most data sets (22), while the USA leads in numbers of sites (1096). There are still some big ...

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2,000th beetle and 1,000th fly hit the database

Data from ten papers were uploaded to the PREDICTS database today - our busiest day yet. During the day, we reached several landmarks - the 200th dataset, the 7,000th site, but perhaps the best were seeing the 2,000th beetle and the 1,000th true fly (Dipteran ...

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Half a million records!

The PREDICTS database has just received its 500,000th record! Dan Ingram uploaded the data from Naidoo (2004) Anim. Conserv., a study of bird communities at 96 sites in Uganda. We also passed the 10,000 species mark yesterday afternoon, and have also gone past 6,000 within-study sites ...

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PREDICTS endorsed by GEO BON

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PREDICTS has been endorsed by GEO BON - the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network - a partnership of more than one hundred governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations. Upon its publication in 2015, the PREDICTS database will become a contribution towards GEO BON's goal of building an open access, integrated ...

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New project students starting

Welcome to Dominic Bennett, Susy Echeverria-Londono, Victoria Kemp and Yuan Pan, who have all just started MRes projects within PREDICTS. Dominic will be focusing on urbanisation, and will be looking at phylogenetic diversity as well as other response variables; Susy will be focusing on Colombia; and Yuan will focus on ...

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BES 2012 Meeting

Dr Tim Newbold will be talking about PREDICTS at the 2012 annual meeting of the British Ecological Society.

Taxonomic and functional patterns in the response of species to land-use change

Land-use change is the primary driver of biodiversity loss. Different taxonomic and functional groups of organisms respond differently to land-use ...

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New PhD students starting

Welcome to Helen Phillips, who starts her PhD today funded by a Hans Rausing PhD Scholarship. She was awarded a Distinction for her MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial this year, undertaking a project that was part of PREDICTS, so she's already an old hand; before her ...

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Congratulations to PREDICTS Masters students!

Congratulations to the Masters students who worked on PREDICTS this summer, all of whom have done superbly. On the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation MSc, Hannah White (project title: The response of temperate biodiversity to human land use and habitat degradation - do species' traits affect vulnerability) was awarded a Merit and ...

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