PROGRAMME for 2017
Please note that in 2017 evening meetings will take place on a Monday, rather than Tuesday as hitherto.
Monday 12 June 2017: Alex Bond – Gough Island – an unnatural history of mice and birds.
Abstract: Nestled 2800 km from any continent, the islands of Tristan da Cunha are among the most remote in the world, and have some unique avian biodiversity. But this biodiversity is under threat, particularly at Gough Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and arguably one of the crown jewels of seabird islands. Though uninhabited, house mice were introduced in the late 19th century, and now wreak havoc on the native biota. On Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world, at least three species have gone locally extinct in the last 200 years. I will provide a history of ornithological exploration on the islands, and focus on our research demonstrating the negative effects of introduced mice on Gough’s seabirds, as well as what we can do (and are doing) about it. We can still save the unique biodiversity of Gough Island, but must act fast or risk losing some of the extraordinary “British” birds.
Biography: Dr Alex Bond is a Senior Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. He leads the RSPB’s programme of scientific research on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, and works elsewhere in the UK Overseas Territories (mostly the Pitcairn Islands) on island restoration, demography and marine conservation. He is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, where he works on issues of marine pollution, primarily plastics. He has worked on island systems in eastern Canada, the Aleutians, South Atlantic, South Pacific, Hawaii, and Tasman Sea, among others, and currently supervises 6 research staff and 6 research students spread around the globe. His website is http://alexanderbond.org.
Monday, 18 September: details to be announced.
Monday, 6 November: details to be announced.