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Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Newsletter July 2020
Celebrate the Seaside:
West Coast Maritime Week (Västerhavsveckan)
August 1st-9th

Free events in Gothenburg and around the West Coast
Staycation? Take the chance to explore the seaside here at home! For the 12th year in a row, the west coast of Sweden is awash with events on the sea and the creatures living in it. This year, the focus is on biodiversity. Most events are in Swedish but for many of the events Swedish language skills are not required. You can find multi-lingual information about the West Coast Maritime Week in English, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Somali and Persian, too.
For more information check out the latest issue of the Västerhavsveckans magazine.

Ntwai talks about medicinal plants at Botaniska

Ntwai Moiloa, PhD student at University of Gothenburg and part of the Plant.ID ITN, made a three-part video series with the Gothenburg Botanical Garden about medicinal plants. He shares information about some of the medicinal plants that grow here in the garden, and what their uses are around the world: everything from wine and liquor flavouring to digestive aids.

Så Vilda! annuals are popping up
Thousands of schoolkids throughout the region are planting and learning about native plant species in Sweden through the Formas-funded project Så Vilda! Follow botanist Stina Weststrand from the Gothenburg Botanical Garden as she shows off some of the annuals that have appeared in the Så Vilda meadows.

Wildcats and mischievous moles

Check out this movie by the Gothenburg Natural History Museum where Ferran Sayol talks about this research project on European Wildcats together with Grup de Naturalistes d’Osona and the support from Zoo de Barcelona.

You can also follow the adventures of Mullvard Grusnos, the fugitive mole at GNM. He has now made his way into the Whale room of the museum which is currently being reconstructed and he is up to something!

Applications open: post-doc on plant population genomics

Christine D. Bacon is hiring a two-year post-doc to work on plant population genomics. Interested in climate adaptation in the Arctic? Ecological speciation in Amazonia? Apply to join Christine and the GGBC team!
Application deadline August 4th

Our partners on social media

We at GGBC try to share all the biodiversity highlights from Western Sweden, but there is just so much going on that we can't keep up! If you want to see everything going on at our partners you can follow them on social media. Here is an easy list of all the accounts you can follow for a biodiversity-filled summer and beyond!
Instagram  l  Facebook  l  Twitter

Nordens Ark
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Seafaring Museum &

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Centre for Sea and Society

Facebook  l  Twitter

Gothenburg Natural History Museum
Instagram  l  Facebook

Havets Hus
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Slottsskogens Djurpark


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Other News

Upcoming ClimBEco Courses
28-30 Sept  Environmental DNA methods in ecology and conservation
7-9 Oct       Introduction to R
12-16 Oct    Plant-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate
19-23 Oct    Global environmental governance today – actors, institutions, complexity
16-18 Nov   Interdisciplinarity in environmental research

Upcoming Transmitting Science Courses
1-9 Oct       Introduction to phylogenomics
12-16 Oct   Species distribution: dealing with uncertainty using fuzzy modelling

Note that GGBC members get a 20% discount on Transmitting Science courses. Note that you are a member in your application for the discount to apply.

Biodiversity on the schedule at the Swedish Oikos Conference 2021

The Swedish Oikos conference February 8th-10th is taking shape. The two sessions are already set: (i) Biodiversity changes in the Anthropocene, and (ii) Global change ecology from the Arctic to the Tropics. There will be three more sessions, topics still to be set, as well as panel debates and discussions.

Save the date and read more information about the meeting here

Member Research Highlights

Landscape-scale forest loss as a catalyst of population and biodiversity change

Anne Bjorkman and colleagues quantify how changes in forest cover have influenced temporal shifts in populations and ecological assemblages. They found that local-scale increases and decreases in abundance, species richness, and temporal species replacement (turnover) were intensified by forest loss, emphasizing the complex biotic consequences of land-use change.
Advancing biodiversity assessments with environmental DNA: Long‐read technologies help reveal the drivers of Amazonian fungal diversity

Camila Duarte Ritter, Alexandre Antonelli, Henrik Nilsson and colleagues identified the key determinants of fungal richness, community composition, and turnover in tropical rain forests, specifically looking at the effect of soil properties, habitat, and locality in Amazonia.

Read the paper in Ecology and Evolution or the feature in the BBC

A new species of Osedax (Siboglinidae: Annelida) from colonization experiments in the Arctic deep sea

Thomas Dahlgren and colleagues describe the most northerly species of Osedax to date, with some striking morphology traits.

Read the paper in Frontiers in Marine Science

Brain Size and Life History Interact to Predict Urban Tolerance in Birds

Ferran Sayol and colleagues provide a global-scale assessment of the role of bird brain size on urban tolerance, combining quantitative estimations of urban tolerance with detailed information on brain size, life history and ecology of birds. The results support the notion that brain size mediates tolerance to urbanization, but also shows that there are alternative ways of exploiting urban environments.

Read the paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Have you published recently using your GGBC affiliation? Email a link to the publication to Heléne Aronsson so GGBC can promote your paper!

A massive Amorphophallus, also known as a "corpse flower," was replanted at the Gothenburg Botanical Garden this week.

Its roots weigh almost 60 kilos, making it a team effort getting it into its new pot. Want to see how it went? Watch here to see if anyone dropped it!

Contact information

Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre
Box 461, 40530, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
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