Irene Manton Lecture Leeds: Can we Help Species Cope with Climate Change and Habitat Loss?

Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
Organiser: Dr Sue R Whittle
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REGIONAL LECTURE 14:00–15:00 Tuesday 19 September 2017

Butterfly_Prof Jane Hill
Image © Professor Jane Hill

The global climate is changing and many species are responding by shifting their distributions to track climate changes. Thus species are expanding polewards and uphill as new areas become suitable, but disappearing from other locations that become too hot and/or dry. Focusing mainly on butterflies, Professor Jane Hill will describe recent patterns of climate-driven range changes among species, including temperate and tropical species, as well as the consequences of habitat fragmentation. Jane will discuss how we are using this knowledge to inform conservation management, such as: improving habitat connectivity, habitat management to prevent climate-driven extinctions, and by developing more sustainable agricultural landscapes.

Jane’s research group studies the impacts of climate change and habitat loss on species, with fieldwork in Britain and Borneo. Jane’s PhD examined migration in moths and her research has mainly focused on butterflies and moths since then. After post-doc research in Birmingham, Leeds and Durham Universities, Jane joined the University of York in 2001, and became Professor of Ecology in 2010. She is a trustee of the SE Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, and a trustee and member of Council of the British Ecological Society. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Jane is involved in promoting women in science and led the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2014.