BEGIN seminar – Dr Yhasmin Moura

Date: 17 March 2020
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: School VI


Resiliency, functioning and processes of tropical forests: A view from the above

The Amazon rainforest covers about 40% of the South American continent and is the world’s biggest tropical forest. The Amazon alone holds about 10 per cent of the world’s known biodiversity in their terrestrial, fresh water and marine ecosystems. However, they remain subject to high levels of deforestation, fragmentation, selective logging and fires. The ongoing exposure of tropical ecosystems to these anthropogenic pressures has significant consequences to biodiversity, livelihoods of local and indigenous communities, and substantial concerns about the future of tropical forests as a component of the global climate system. In this seminar, Dr. Yhasmin will be presenting her previous and current research where she is working on the development of new approaches, based on earth observation data, to access carbon dynamics and climate sensitivity of Amazonian forests. On her presentation, she will cover some of her research focusing on the understanding of forest resilience, functioning and process of Amazon forests and how this changing ecosystem will face global climate change.


Yhasmin is a Remote Sensing researcher and a love reader, whose work is inspired by ecological and environmental functioning and how natural ecosystems will face the daunting task of assessing climate change. She holds a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at the Centre for Landscape and Climate Change, University of Leicester – UK. Her project aims to unveil vegetation functioning and carbon dynamics over degraded and secondary forests in the Amazon.

Speed Talks organized by the Animal Movement and Spatial Ecology Discussion Group and BEGIN

Date: 3rd of March
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Corner meeting room at the Scottish Oceans Institute

The Animal Movement and Spatial Ecology Discussion Group includes researchers from across the university interested in animal movement and spatial ecology.

We invite you to our next meeting where we plan to share our work through speed talks and then to have coffee, tea and cakes.

The speed talks can be from 30 seconds to 2 minutes with 1 or 2 slides and should be a quick overview of your work (at any stage) and are also an opportunity to raise something specific that you’d like to discuss with someone afterwards. The talks will be followed by informal discussions.

The ‘corner meeting room’ of the new SOI building at East Sands is upstairs in the front right corner if you are looking out to the sea.

What you need to do:
1. RSVP to Rob Patchett (rbp3) by midday on Friday 21st (this Friday!) if you plan to attend so that we can arrange refreshments.
2. Send Rob Patchett (rbp3) your slide(s) by Friday 28th (there will be a reminder next week).

Thank you,

Rob, James and Urska


BEGIN seminar – Dr David McArthur

Date: 18 February 2020
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: School VI

Understanding and promoting cycling using crowdsourced data

Cycling is increasingly seen as a way of dealing with a variety of social problems: from dealing with the climate emergency to improving public health. Unfortunately, in the UK cycling is not a common mode choice. Governments have made money available to encourage more people to get on their bikes. A large portion of this money has been spent on new infrastructure. However, it hasn’t always been easy to evaluate whether this is effective due to a lack of appropriate data. In recent years, the proliferation of smartphones and activity-tracking apps such as Strava has made new, detailed mobility data available to researchers. In this talk, I will present some of the ways we have been making use of this data at the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC).


David McArthur is Senior Lecturer in Transport Studies and Associate Director of the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow. An economist by training, his current work looks at how new and emerging forms of data can be used to better understand cities; with a particular focus on the promotion of walking and cycling as modes of transport.