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Christoph Rupprecht
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Many of you may know about Prof. Nigel Dunnet, who is a driving force behind the resurgence of wild flower meadows in the UK. 

A new project by him is targeting #roundabouts  - an interesting example of how #biocultural  ideas and concepts may not necessarily be something we (re)discover from our history, but something we can also actively build for the future. As with road verges, I can only wonder how such projects could transform plant-human relationships in the future, if we think about the scientific literature that suggests growing up "with nature" influences the way we grow up.

#BCLScities   #BCLSecology   #BCLSmanagement  
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A new study by the NGO Plantlife has shown how important road verges ("nature strips" for our US friends) are for plant diversity. So far, the detailed results haven't been published in any journal (I asked their scientist Dr. Trevor Dines) but may be later this year.

They recommend:
- Allowing plants to complete their full life cycle, ie to grow, flower and set seed
- Removing grass cuttings
- Allowing flowers to return over time as they spread naturally.

#BCLSecology   #BCLSmanagement  
More than 700 species of wild plants - almost half of the native flora of the British Isles - are found on road verges, according to a study.
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Fixed term (2 years) position:

"You will have responsibility for delivering a range of lectures and supporting small-group classes on one or more of the core science components of the teaching programme (environmental management, environmental change, sustainability). You may additionally be involved in teaching numeracy and skills in data presentation and statistical analysis at all levels, and will be expected to deliver academic tutorials, to support undergraduate dissertation students, to contribute to field trips, and to contribute towards the delivery of practical demonstrations on School open days.

You will have, or be close to achieving, a PhD in Geography or a related discipline, and have experience of teaching and research that complements the work of the environmental geography research clusters. Experience with a range of teaching formats, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, field classes and the supervision of group work, would be an advantage."
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Maps from the Cold War

"During the Cold War, the Soviet military mapped the entire world, parts of it down to the level of individual buildings. The Soviet maps of US and European cities have details that aren’t on domestic maps made around the same time, things like the precise width of roads, the load-bearing capacity of bridges, and the types of factories. They’re the kinds of things that would come in handy if you’re planning a tank invasion. Or an occupation. Things that would be virtually impossible to find out without eyes on the ground."

And then there were also anti-maps, so to say:

"While the military maps were extremely accurate, the maps available to ordinary citizens were next to useless. In a remarkable 2002 paper in a cartographic journal, the eminent Russian cartographer and historian of science, Alexey Postnikov, explains why this was so. “Large-scale maps for ordinary consumers had to be compiled using the 1:2,500,000 map of the Soviet Union, with the relevant parts enlarged to the needed scale,” he wrote. That’s like taking a road map of Texas and using a photocopier to enlarge the region around Dallas. You can blow it up all you want, but the street-level details you need to find your way around the city will never be there.
Worse, the maps for the masses were deliberately distorted with a special projection that introduced random variations. “The main goal was to crush the contents of maps so it would be impossible to recreate the real geography of a place from the map,” Postnikov tells me. Well-known landmarks like rivers and towns were depicted, but the coordinates, directions, and distances were all off, making them useless for navigation or military planning, should they fall into enemy hands. The cartographer who devised this devious scheme was awarded the State Prize by Stalin."
The Soviet military mapped the entire world, but few have seen the actual, physical maps—until now.
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In this paper by me and Jason Byrne presented at the #AAG2015 , we discuss how #informalgreenspace  could provide an alternative to the #gentrification  that often results from new parks. We analyse factors such as income and education, and look at different approaches for informal, personal  #gardening  in #Japan .  
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A great art project by +Ellie Irons who writes, "I gather unintentional plants (also known as “weeds”) living in my neighborhood and mine them for pigments, which are used to construct map-like portraits, diagrams and field guides. The results can take a range of forms, from drawings, videos and gardening experiments to web guides and xerox handouts for walking tours."

It's an inspiring project that shows how biodiversity is directly linked to one of the central practices that define our humanity - making art.

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Invasive Pigments is an ongoing project focused on the migration and proliferation of certain plants in tandem with dense human populations. I gather unintentional plants (also known as “weeds”) living in my neighborhood and mine them for pigments, which are used to construct map-like portraits, ...
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Thank you, #terrypratchett ! 
In 2005, Terry Pratchett imagined for THE what the wizards at his Unseen University might do in the face of targets, inspections and research assessment
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#Corals  are biodiverse wonders of nature critically endangered by climate change. This makes the following #BCLSjustice  issue even more baffling. 

In short, Japan and the US have a long history of exploiting the island group of #Okinawa  for their military interests. The large US military presence on the strategically located islands (close to China) has also long had an environmental impact, from PCB contamination to endangering Dugongs and damage to coral reefs. 

After the previous Japanese government broke their promise to lighten Okinawa's burden, the current conservative government are pressing forward with new construction. Democratic pathways have begun to brake down - the government is punishing the people of Okinawa for voting in an anti-base governor in the recent election by refusing to even meet him. Protests have started to see coast guard violence towards demonstrators. Now it seems corals are being damaged by huge concrete blocks dumped into the ocean.

For those interested in some academic work on the issue:
The Asia-Pacific Journal has great coverage, e.g. http://japanfocus.org/-Hideki-YOSHIKAWA/4194
On the US military's involvement:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2479600 

cc +Sam Andrews 
Lobbyists in Okinawa Prefecture are reporting damage to coral from concrete blocks placed on the seabed for a drilling survey ahead of the planned construc
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These blocks will impact for sure the reef on the short to mid term. But do you think they can potentially be used by coral species as a matrix/substrate for vertical colonization? you know like when we sink boats in the ocean, they are used as matrix by many species.
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Two full-time/tenured positions at Nagasaki University (Japan) for Assistant/Associate Professors, Environmental Planning and Environmental Sociology.

Planning: https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=2&ln=1&id=D115070375&ln_jor=1 Sociology: https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorDetail?fn=2&ln=1&id=D115070376&ln_jor=1

Note: For the sociology position, a "Certificate of Advanced Social Researcher" is required.
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(Almost) open rank position at the University of Queensland, Australia:

"Successful applicants must posses a PhD in the field of Environmental Management, or a closely related discipline. They should also have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding in one or more of the following areas: applied conservation planning and management, climate adaptation and environmental management, decision making and management of complex systems, social aspects of environmental management."
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We've got a beautiful new poster in our summer fundraiser.

Check out the Indigogo for the chance to grab this and many other delightful pieces of geekery.

Even better? All proceeds go to charity.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geeks-doing-good-2015/x/7356544#/story
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Abandoned church in the hills Berici, Vicenza, Italy
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I know what you mean! Some days I miss it too :)
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Education
  • Griffith University
    PhD Urban ecology and geography, 2011 - present
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    MA Japanese studies, philosophy, biology, 2003 - 2009
  • Hokkaido University
    HUSTEP exchange student, 2005 - 2006
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Geographer, translator, photographer. Interests: informal urban greenspace (非公式緑地), cities, nature, culture and travel!
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Geographer and urban planner (PhD) working on informal urban greenspace. Photography is my tool to share the joy of living. I also do professional academic translations in Japanese, English and German :)

Interests: informal urban greenspace (非公式緑地), urban geography, urban ecology, environmental geography, cultural perception of urban nature, Japanese cities, nature and culture photography, renaissance philosophy of nature and magic, constitutions, depiction of nature in films, science fiction and fantasy literature, electronic games and the observation of various interesting and curious phenomena of the known world.
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Urban geography & ecology, Japanese studies, JP-EN-DE translation
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Quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, project management, JP-EN-DE language/translation, photography, IT (Linux, OSX, Win, Web) admin
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  • Griffith University
    Doctoral Researcher, 2011 - present
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Gold Coast - Abingdon - Munich - Sapporo - Landshut - Brisbane