Research seminars

Throughout the course of the year we run a series of research seminars in both human and physical geography across Penryn and Streatham campuses. These seminars cover a wide range of topics and attract guest speakers from across the UK as well speakers from the discipline.

These seminars provide students and academics from across the University with a platform to meet and discuss the latest topics in geography.

Seminars for 2016/17

Please find listed below the forthcoming seminars for 2016/17. You can find  a list of all research seminars across the College of Life and Environmental Scienes on the college website events page.

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15 January 2019

Drones and STEM Sells! But What, How, and to Whom?

From satellites, to drones and GPS, geospatial science underpins a lot of the technology that we use on a daily basis. Consider any mobile app that uses location services – that’s geospatial! Google Earth has accustomed us to seeing incredible geospatial data of our local environments and neighbourhoods, but the advent of drones has taken this to the next level. With drones, we are empowered to move from just consuming image data to creating it. Drones are certainly the next ‘shiny thing’ to chase in geospatial technology, but we need to move beyond pretty pictures to exploit their true potential in remote sensing. In this talk I’ll explore some of the challenges involved in acquiring drone based image data that’s worthy of scientific enquiry for environmental monitoring purposes with a particular focus on my work on the Great Barrier Reef. Field and image data collection in marine and coastal environments holds its own set of unique challenges that drones can both help to solve, and create, and I’ll share my lessons learnt from over five years of exploration, discovery, and mishap in developing suitable drone based image acquisition and processing workflows. I’ll also look at how drones can be used as the ‘hook’ to capture our next generation of geospatial scientists through STEM education that’s beyond the stereotypical labcoat. Full details
Lecture Room AAdd this to your calendar
25 January 2019

Science and evidence to underpin the reintroduction of Beavers in Great Britain

In this talk we describe the journey that we are on researching the impact of beaver reintroduction in Great Britain. We take a transdisciplinary approach whereby our research questions are co-created with a very wide range of stakeholders and our methods are drawn from social science, remote sensing, environmental economics, ecology and physical geography. We present our perspectives on beaver impacts on the landscape, summarising the research to date and outlining the ways in which research can influence both policy around beaver reintroduction and the management of animals across a spectrum of diverse ecosystems. We show that publics are highly engaged in beaver reintroduction, but that knowledge of beavers varies dramatically across sectors. We highlight both the positive and negative impacts of beavers on water resources, including flood attenuation and water quality. Our results also show that the quality of habitat for beaver reintroduction can be modelled, mapped and used to understand the probability of beaver dams occurring at large catchment scales, as well as both the opportunities and conflicts that such dams might bring. We conclude with a summary of the policy and management situation in GB with respect to beavers, illustrating how dynamic it is and where lie the key areas of future research to support widespread beaver reintroduction in coming years.. Full details
Chapel Lecture TheatreAdd this to your calendar
7 February 2019

The Common Line: digital-art geographies, immersive experiences and dislocations

Planting trees is a legacy project. Something that is done for future generations that we will not fully experience ourselves in our lifetimes. New developments in digital immersion through layered and virtual realities can help us to imagine what is not physically living and growing, or what something might be or feel like in the future. The aim of The Common Line is to make a project that lasts at least 100 years. That’s nothing for a tree planting project – but an extraordinary length of time to make digital interactions publicly available. In planting The Common Line together we want to prompt thought and dialogue around ideas of land ownership, stewardship and the value of trees beyond ecosystem services. Perhaps more importantly, to inspire participation and action from publics in tree planting activities through the conjuring of virtual trees, in ways that will always be different to what we can see and hear in the landscapes and urban environments around us. Come and hear about the work, and the ideas on which it is based.. Full details
Peter Lanyon LT1Add this to your calendar
4 March 2019

Re-thinking the boundaries of our discipline

A short introduction into modern tree-ring research, will be followed by timely examples of how different tree-ring archives and parameters help to identify and shift research frontiers and cross disciplinary boundaries; not only within the natural sciences but also the humanities. In addressing different aspects of archaeology, astronomy, biology, ecology, epidemiology, history, mycology and volcanology, this session will discuss the potential and limitations of state-of-the-art dendro sciences that may range in space and time from a cell to the globe and from hourly resolution to the end of the Last Ice Age. With this attitude in mind, the talk aims at stimulating blue-sky thinking to generate exciting scholarship in yet unexplored spheres at the crossroads of methodological and intellectual innovation: Tree rings are a prime example of multidisciplinary liaisons; either as annually resolved and absolutely dated archives or as tools for precise timeseries analyses and signal detection. Full details
Daphne Du Maurier Building Lecture AAdd this to your calendar