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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. Very smart people have been working away for years, and yet globally, we’re still hemorrhaging biodiversity. If you were to solely focus on the negatives, it might get depressing; but we are making progress. Now, more than ever, is an […]

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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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Overfishing in the Warm Heart of Africa

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On the beach a dozen men were hauling at a great rope, their feet sinking into the sand. Encrusted with salt it disappeared hundreds of meters out into the water.

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What Is The Price Of Conservation?

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At the opposite end of the spectrum to Blue Planet II, which indulges us all in precisely the guilt-free natural world we love, films like ‘Trophy’ set out to challenge our views, disagree with us, and make us uncomfortable. I love it.

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A New Species of Frog from Expedition Angano!

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Just a few days ago we released a film of our research expedition, and now with excitement and fanfare we have a new paper out describing a new species of rough-skinned Gephyromantis frog.

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Next Steps After Your First Explore Weekend

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So you came to Explore at the Royal Geographical Society! Great Decision. Perhaps it’s the Sunday night, you’re on the train home and still buzzing from all the amazing connections, exciting stories and endless possibilities. You’re not alone!

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