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Environment and Geography Activity for Schools and Colleges

Talks and Workshops

Climate controls, rapid land cover change and human habitat conversion are crucial factors in affecting the distribution and microhabitat use of Anolis lizards on the island of Utila, Honduras. Pioneering emerging technologies using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), remote sensing satellites and 3D printed lizards generate new data for ecology research and future conservation practice to manage biodiversity with climate change.

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Our network of multi-functional green space (Green Infrastructure) can deliver huge benefits to mitigate and adapt to climate change, for quality of life and for environmental benefits including natural flood management solutions. However, if we are to develop and modify our green infrastructure, then we need to understand the past in order to plan effective solutions for the future.

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Volcanoes in many parts of the Earth erupt beneath ice.  This talk explores exactly what happens by using examples from Antarctica, Iceland and Canada that have been studied by Dr Skilling, and focuses on why SE Iceland is a particular area of concern for aviation hazards.

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Climate change is part of the wicked problem of increasing vulnerability in regions of the developing world and will create devastating impacts on communities in the future. Holistic solutions are available for both climate change mitigation and adaptation, but will need careful planning as well as community action.

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Places are where we live, work, and make sense of ourselves. As a significant site of everyday human life, places are where unsustainable behaviours are often rooted. This session will explore how ‘place’ can be key in tackling the contemporary challenges of sustainable development.

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The environment and climate change are established in policy, government, the media, education, and daily life. Prominent activists, organisations, and global conferences such as COP26, have put environmental challenges at the forefront of debate. This session will explore how political decision-making at different scales balances social, environmental and economic sustainability.

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Sedimentary rocks and fossils allow past environments and climates to be unlocked.  In this talk we travel to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, where within the James Ross Basin an astonishing sequence of rocks allow environments from the last 100 million years to be unravelled.

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Flight is an incredible evolutionary strategy adopted across several taxonomic group including avians, mammals and insects. 

This talk will focus mostly on flight in birds and cover the evolution of flight, biomechanics, feathers and adaptations for flight in different avian species. 

The ability to use flight as a survival strategy has a huge number of benefits, so it raises some big evolutionary questions, why have some birds evolved to be flightless while others spend almost their entire lives in the air? 

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The use of media platforms has become increasingly important in our modern world, and our ability to document our planet using the technology at our fingertips is revolutionising the way we communicate science on a global scale. 

This talk discusses how modern technology has revolutionised the way we communicate science to the public and the impacts that scientific understanding can have on global conservation problems such as plastics, climate change and habitat destruction. Yet, in a digital age some of the more traditional skills of scientific illustration remain relevant and are still one of the best ways to communicate critical information about species.

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Over 1.5 million species have been described, each one adapted to life in its own unique way. 

This talk explores the variety and diversity of life on earth, demonstrating how biogeography affects the dispersal of species around our planet and how climate change is ultimately impacting on the survival of species. 

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When Charles Darwin first explored the origins of species and natural selection, he had no idea how important his theories would be to scientists over 200 years later. 

DNA is the building blocks for all life on earth, and the evolution of species is a direct result of the molecular variation in populations which allow then to adapt to ever changing environments. 

This talk explores the role DNA plays in the evolution of species and how important our understanding of genetics is in the modern world.

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On Campus Activity

A chance for year 12 and 13 or equivalent students to gain hands-on practical experience of Environmental Science at USW and discover the exciting career opportunities available to graduates. Our Taster Days include practical workshops, use of our laboratories and the opportunity to speak to current students. 

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