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Escape the Zoo: Conservation and Optimism

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A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to talk all things conservation and optimism with Dan Clarke who runs a great long form podcast series called ‘Escape the Zoo’. Despite having done a few podcasts recently, I don’t know much about actually presenting and processing a podcast – so I was immediately impressed by the big shiny microphone hanging infront of Dan when we connected in skype. He clearly means business!

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The plant explorers of Kew Gardens

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Kew has more scientists working behind the scenes than it does horticultural staff, and here’s a taster of what they do…

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Save Our Species Interview: Of Grants and Career Development

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A few weeks ago the folks at Save Our Species invited me to answer a few questions for their Newsletter. Here’s what we talked about… but before we leap in, this is a good point to mention that SOS gives away some huge threatened species conservation grants ($25,000 to $800,000)- check them out.

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Are we causing the 6th Mass Extinction Event?

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A podcast interview with Radio Wolfgang.

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How to Find a PhD in Conservation (and choose the right one)

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As I’ve said many times before (probably to justify why my own PhD took so long!), conservation is really hard. […]

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12 Things I Never Knew About Ethiopia (and conservation)

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For starters, it’s 2010 and they have 13 months in a year…

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12 Pieces of Advice for a PhD (in Conservation Biology)

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You definitely don’t need a PhD, or any other qualification for that matter, to work in conservation. But, for some, it can be a great way in.

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Five of the Strongest Arguments Against Zoos

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A while ago I wrote an article about some of the good things zoos do for conservation. Now I hadn’t realized how vehemently some people hated zoos (and sadly, how afraid many great zoos are about sticking up for their work). Suddenly, it became one of my most read articles.

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A Little List of Conservation Podcasts (to get you started)

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I may be a little late to the party, but this past year I’ve discovered podcasts. As well as getting to grips with well some known science and technology series, I’ve also been on the look out for engaging conservation and environment podcasts.

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What lessons does driving across Africa teach you?

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Humility; check. Patience; check. But most importantly; that pre-conceptions are almost always wrong.

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Conservation and the Aftermath of Conflict in Mozambique

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Nervously we crossed the Zambezi River, stopping at regular police checkpoints and avoiding potholes that could swallow a small family car.

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Swapping Lloyds Bank for the Peruvian Amazon (how to get into conservation with no previous experience)

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When searching for an internship online it was like a minefield, so many to choose from. Everyone I emailed sent me a sales pitch back, they all seemed like glorified travel agents, all too perfect.

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Paying the Price for Conservation in Tanzania

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The wheels spun furiously, splattering mud liberally up the doors and windows. Slowly and steadily we slid and churned our way forward along the muddy track.

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