10 December 2020

Winter Lecture: Wildlife in the Warzone

80% of the world’s armed conflicts in the past 50 years have occurred in areas of extraordinarily high biodiversity.

Join wildlife filmmaker and biologist Dan O’Neill on a global journey to see how wildlife has been impacted and survived in some of most war-torn places on Earth. Dan will explore the Soviet Union’s historical connection to snow leopard poaching, extreme biodiversity loss caused by the Vietnam War, the wild refuge of the DMZ between North and South Korea and guerrilla warfare’s role in protecting the Colombian Amazon, and more.

For his PhD, Dan will be hoping to answer some of the questions raised by these different kinds of conflict across the globe, and understand how to preserve the Wildlife in the Warzone.

Speaker: Dan O’Neill, independent wildlife filmmaker, presenter, and conservationist.

After working internationally as a field researcher and video journalist, Dan completed a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE Bristol in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit. During his time there he founded Wilderland, the UK’s first touring wildlife film festival, focused on conservation.

He has since produced and presented a number of expedition-based wildlife films. His most recent film follows the story of the world’s most critically endangered raptor, the Philippine eagle.

In 2020, Dan began his PhD study into the effects of war and conflict on global wildlife populations at the University of Sheffield.

How to take part

Due to COVID-19, this winter lecture season will take place over Zoom.

Book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Thursday 10 December.

All Winter Lectures are free and open to all thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

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