PCRG August

September 4, 2013
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Will's BES T-shirt logo swabbed at Greenman

Will’s BES T-shirt logo swabbed at Greenman; for more microbes on festival kit visit the “Hall of shame” on http://www.besfest.org

August was a month for travel with PCRG members heading for Peru (Bryan, and he is still there), Greenman festival (William), INTECOL conference (William and Frazer), and the Royal Geographic Society annual meeting (William, Encarni, Frazer and Hayley). Detailed reports of the UK based travels are already on the blog, and hopefully we will get a post from Bryan on his Peruvian adventure once he is back.

Back in Milton Keynes work progressed with:

  • Hayley producing a revised full draft of her pollen counting methodology manuscript,
  • Frazer starting with the first tentative attempts to apply his chironomid training data set to fossil chironomid records,
  • Phil trialing inverted microscopes and training on the FTIR,
  • Encarni plotting field work in Ecuador (more travel for November-December),
  • William seeming to spend alot of time working on research strategy for the faculty, and thinking about writing teaching material for the ongoing revison of our level 2 environmental science module, and
  • most excitingly of all, Lottie submitting her PhD thesis! WELL DONE LOTTIE.

Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n Roll – Wychwood

June 5, 2013
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Playing the "Who's poo" game at Wychwood Festival.

Playing the “Who’s poo” game at Wychwood Festival.

Group members William and Frazer took part in the first music festival outing of the British Ecological Society 100 year celebration “Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n Roll” at Wychwood (31 May – 3 June). Early reports suggest that over 900 people were “stickered” and around 100 people “swabbed” during the weekend. For full details of this event, and future activity, check out the blog and follow the BES Roadies on twitter @BESRoadies.

Ecology videos online

February 22, 2013
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We are now in the centenary year of the British Ecological Society (BES). To celebrate this there is a year long Festival of Ecology which includes many events across the country.

The BES is keen to share events online and these can be followed on twitter with # tags (#BES100, #BESFest) and/or by following the BES (@BESCentenary, @BritishEcolSoc).

Throughout the year we hope to get more and more video content of events and activities online. Here is a quick compiliation of existing BES online video content to give you a taste of what we are building upon!

The first Festival of Ecology video was posted by the Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll team and was shot at the BES annual meeting 2012:
Ecologist workshop on creative public engagement at the BES annual meeting 2012

The BES Roadies (@BESRoadies) will be taking ecology to music festivals over the summer. So far we are confirmed at Wychwood and Greenman. More video from the BES Roadies will be posted on our YouTube page.

Other BES video currently online is from:

If you are aware of any other ecology videos please add comments and links below. Thanks

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