Seabird research for conservation
Wednesday 25 October
Edinburgh Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus)
Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Professor John Croxall
Topic: Seabird research for conservation: past successes, future prospects
Around the world, the majority of seabird populations are declining – many of them to globally threatened levels. From the puffins and kittiwakes of the British Isles to the albatross and petrels of the southern oceans, species are suffering due to pollution, climate change, commercial fisheries and habitat loss.
Join Professor John Croxall from BirdLife International to hear about the pioneering conservation work that’s been taking place to try and save these precious birds and where this could be taking us in future.
By bringing together expertise from government, NGOs, scientists and local communities there have already been some exciting success stories. For example, great strides have been taken in removing invasive species responsible for predating seabird colonies on UK islands, however there are still many challenges ahead.
The lecture is being hosted by the Scottish Seabird Centre and RSPB Scotland in memory of Dr Bryan Nelson, who passed away in 2015. Bryan was a leading world authority on Northern gannets and a renowned global expert on cormorants, boobies and frigatebirds.