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Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Newsletter March 2020

Finalists Announced:
WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award

The jury for the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award have sought out individuals and organizations that have helped bring attention to or achieved improvements in biodiversity – locally, regionally or globally, and can now present the five finalists:

Dr. Jane Goodall

Raoni Metuktire

Nordens Ark

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The Lübeck Model

The winner will be revealed on International Biodiversity Day: May 22. Until then, take some time to learn about these five finalists and what they have done for biodiversity.

Upcoming events

Nature on the Red Carpet:
A Biodiversity Film Festival

Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6, Gothenburg
April 24, 17.00-19.30

Join the GGBC for this evening packed with biodiversity. A screening of three short documentaries shows the importance of biodiversity and the inclusion of local communities in conservation efforts. It will be followed by a panel discussion with scientists, conservationists and film producers. The movies being screened are:
Zafire: Lessons of Diversity from Amazonia
(Sweden, 2020, 27 minutes, Tatiana Vilas Torres, Biodiversity is essential for all, Swedish subtitles)
The Quest for Cinchona
(Denmark, 24 minutes, Tobias Bagge, Drug discovery in the South American mountains, English subtitles)
Raphia, Arbre de Vie
(France, 2017, 13 minutes, Foulques Couvreur, African palms as trees of life, English subtitles)

Panel discussion featuring:

Tatiana Villa, Director at Endemica Studios
Moniyango Kuiru, National communications commissioner, Macro Amazonia
Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Christine Bacon, Assoc Prof, GGBC, University of Gothenburg

No sign up needed and free to all

For more information, check out our Facebook event

Biodiversity is Everywhere at the
International Science Festival Gothenburg (Vetenskapsfestivalen)

The International Science Festival Gothenburg Public Program (April 21-26) is now available. Here is a shortlist of events that GGBC members are organising or participating in:

Showcase: Evolutionen – ständigt i rörelse
23rd April, 16:00, Gothenburg Natural History Museum

Join GGBC'ers Renée Göthberg and Ola Brushede on a tour of the Gothenburg Natural History Museum talking about evolution, followed by a thought experiment on how our pets might look in 100.000 years.

Lecture: Evolutionen – ständigt i rörelse 
23rd April, 18:00, Gothenburg Natural History Museum

Researchers at the Gothenburg Natural History Museum will talk about current research on evolution and how we shouldn't view evolution as just something in the past, but something that is occurring here and now as well. Event in Swedish.

"Så vilda!" Ett projekt för människor och mångfald
24th April, 13:00, Johan & Nyström, Avenyn
To kick off the FORMAS project "Så Vilda" come and make a seed bomb! GGBC scientists and teachers from Botaniska, the University of Gothenburg, and the Gothenburg Natural History Museum will be on hand to talk about local plants, wild gardens, and pollinators. This project aims to engage kids with the nature around them and spread awareness about biodiversity. Children and children-at-heart are welcome to this all-ages event.
  25th April, 10:00, Nya Varvet, Göteborg
Pop by the Gothenburg Marine Biological Laboratory and look for invasive species in the harbour of Gothenburg. GGBC'er Björn Kjällström will be on hand, helping to collect and investigate your findings the lab.

Biodiversity in the Garden
25th April, 10:30, Trädgårdsföreningen

In this conversation, two GGBC'ers, Louisa Durkin and Maria Ariza, will talk through how evolution, the tree of life, and biodiversity science relate directly to our backyard gardens and the food system at large. You will be left with some practical solutions to bring into your gardens and everyday lives. (Event in English)

Other biodiversity events during the festival:

Scary Seafood - den nya maten från havet (24th April, 12:00-18:00, Nordstan)
Come see and touch various sea creatures from the Swedish West Coast and explore potential new seafoods that you'd never thought to eat before.
Vetenskapsturism, biodiversitet och marin mat (22nd April, 18:00, Ekocentrum)
Pop over to Ekocentrum for this lecture on how to combine sustainable marine tourism with the sustainable handling of marine resources.
The Ig Nobel Prizes make people LAUGH, and then THINK (23rd April, 17:00, Humanisten)
Did you miss the GGBC Biodiversity Lecture last fall? IgNobel founder Marc Abrahams is back in Sweden, ready to entertain you with fun and quirky science! (Event in English)
Sluta snacka - börja greenhacka! (24th April, 10:00, Nordstan)
Meet up and share sustainable lifehacks with the people behind the City of Gothenburg's Greenhack Instagram account: @greenhackGBG. Also, check out the account in the coming weeks: GGBC will be doing a takeover!
Insekterna - småkrypen vi inte kan leva utan (26th April, 13:00, Humanisten)
Lecture about oh so important insects! Professor Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, author behind the book "Insekternas hemliga liv" shares wacky and shocking insect facts.
GGBC Biodiversity Informatics Workshops
May 25-29, 2020
Botan, University of Gothenburg

This spring we have revamped the popular GGBC workshops into a full week of training on biodiversity bioinformatics and spatial analysis. Two courses will be given during the week, back to back. Join for one or both!

Spatial Analysis in R: 25-27th May
The first course covers spatial analysis in R. It teaches how to access and download spatial data, such as coordinate and occurrence data. It then covers how to perform fundamental analyses using the data.

Python for Biologists: 28-29th May
The second course jumps into bioinformatics. Students will learn Python syntax and how to apply it with DNA sequence data. Common analyses are covered, and the course will provide students an opportunity to work with their own data.

To sign up or for more information, please email Heléne Aronsson
BECC-MERGE Spring Meeting
April 23-24, 2020
Sparbanken Skåne arena, Stattenavägen 25, Lund

The BECC-MERGE Spring Meeting will be helf April 23-24 in Lund. The two-day meeting will focus on the current and upcoming IPCC and IPBES reports. Open for all biodiversity researchers, but with priority to BECC members.

To sign up, send an email to Lina Nikoleris, by March 27

Taxonomy Club

The Taxonomy Club at the Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences has oficially started. The aim of the meetings is to learn about the systematics and ecology of different plant groups. Last week, PhD-student Yannick Woudstra presented Aloes to the group.
The next meeting is on Friday, March 13th, where researchers Beatriz Nevez and Matheus Nogueira will present on Bromeliads.

Cellen meeting room, Carl Skottbergs gata 22b
March 13, 13:00
Taxonomy Club is open to all GGBC members and MSc students with an interest in taxonomy. Contact Anne-Sophie Quatela for more information.

Other news

Job opportunities in biodiversity research: Deadline March 21

Four positions (Gothenburg / Kew Gardens) with links to the GGBC are now open for applications.

Researcher in “online phylogenetics” (permanent, with 4 years of funding, prolongation after that dependent on own funding), University of Gothenburg

Post-doc in biodiversity: design your own project (2 years), University of Gothenburg

Post-doc in wood identification (2 years), Kew Gardens

Post-doc in domestication of the coca tree (2 years), Kew Gardens


Writing Workshop: Popular Science

Researcher and author Magnus Linton will give a workshop to help scientists improve their popular scientific writing, convey clear cut messages, introduce intellectual cliffhangers and much more. The event will be held in Swedish.

Sign up here before April 13!
The event is hosted by the Center for Sea & Society and is a part of a larger project aiming to enhance Swedish researchers' abilities to present their research.

Top Marks for Unga Forskare
Four GGBC'ers participated as jury members for the fun and inspiring competition Unga Forskare 2020. In this competition, high school students from around Western Sweden presented their graduation projects. Five were selected by the judges to move on to the national finals in Stockholm and some received communication prizes and will show off their projects at Nordstan during the International Science Festival Gothenburg later in the spring.

The judges were very impressed by the student projects, and see a bright future in research for many of them. We hope there are some future GGBC'ers among the students we met!

Member Research Highlights

Mapping human pressures on biodiversity across the planet uncovers anthropogenic threat complexes

Anne Bjorkman and co-authors investigate the intricacies of anthropogenic effects on nature and biodiversity. They define threat complexes and highlight the need to adapt conservation efforts depending on the joint effects of multiple drivers.

 Read more here
A comprehensive phylogeny and taxonomic evaluation of the waxbills (Aves: Estrildidae)

GGBC'er Urban Olsson together with co-author presents a first time-calibrated phylogeny of the bird family Estrildidae. Using two mitochondrial and five nuclear markers they evaluate the taxonomy of waxbills and propose the recognition of the six subfamilies Amandavinae, Erythrurinae, Estrildinae, Lagonostictinae, Lonchurinae and Poephilinae.

Read more here
Fine-scale species delimitation: speciation in process and periodic patterns in nudibranch diversity

Kennet Lundin is back with two new species of nudibranchs! In this paper, he and co-authors demonstrate ongoing speciation and show how period-like patterns in colouration can be used in fine-scale species delimitation.

Read more here
Transitions between biomes are common and directional in Bombacoideae (Malvaceae)

Alexander Zizka, Christine Bacon and Alexandre Antonelli together with co-authors show multiple transitions from evergreen forests to seasonally dry biomes thus contradicting the idea of evolutionary biome conservatism in Bombacoideae. This suggests a need for caution when using a biome concept for biogeographical reconstruction and diversification rate analysis.

Read more here
Have you published recently using your GGBC affiliation? Email a link to the publication to Heléne Aronsson so GGBC can promote your paper!
Every year the Hanami festival in Botaniska celebrates the coming of spring and the cherry blossoming. It is Botaniska's most popular event of the year. They have had more than 15.000 visitors in just one day!

Join this year on the 26th of April to celebrate the arrival of spring!

Contact information

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