Stamford Raffles Lecture 2016

Climate change, habitat loss and biodiversity
2016 Stamford Raffles Lecture by Professor Jane Hill, Professor of Ecology, University of York


The global climate is changing and many species are responding by shifting their distributions to track climate changes. Thus species are expanding northwards as new areas become suitable, but disappearing from other locations that become too hot and dry.

The fascination of the general public for recording animals and plants in Britain has provided a wealth of detailed information that we can exploit. This information helps us to understand the variety of species’ responses, and to explore factors responsible for this variation.

In this talk, Jane Hill described recent patterns of climate-driven range changes among species, focusing particularly on British butterflies and moths for which we have especially good historical information. She explained how this knowledge is being used to inform conservation, for example improving habitat connectivity to help species reach new areas, and habitat management to prevent climate-driven extinctions, thereby helping to reduce biodiversity losses.

Jane Hill
Professor Jane K Hill, Professor of Ecology, University of York
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, a trustee and member of Council of the British Ecological Society, and an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Entomology. She received a Marsh/ZSL Award for Conservation Biology in 2011.

Jane is involved in promoting women in science and led the York Biology Department to an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2014. 

The Stamford Raffles Lecture is the foremost event in ZSL's annual programme of Science and Conservation Events. Established in 1995, the lectures have been given by eminent speakers on a wide range of zoological topics.

The Stamford Raffles Lecture is preceeded by the ZSL Annual Awards Ceremony.


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