Island Biology 2016, Azores

This week the second Island Biology conference is taking place in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Its hard to believe its already been two years since the first one in Hawaii. Following from the first Island Biology conference held in 2014, this week island biologists around the world have taken to flight (ironically given flightlessness tends to evolve on islands) to converge on the beautiful Terceira Island to discuss their most recent research in the biology of island species and ecosystems. Terceira is one of nine islands in the Azores archipelago which belong to Portugal and lie in the Atlantic Ocean.

Flying in to Horta, Faial (Photo by James Russell)

This year I will be giving two talks at the conference. The first talk in the vertebrate conservation symposium will showcase the gains that can be made in island restoration through eradicating invasive mammals such as rats. The second talk is in the Indian Ocean Islands symposium where I will present our recently published review on the distribution and status of introduced mammals on nearly 2,000 Western Indian Ocean islands, and some of the fantastic gains that have been made through invasive mammal eradications in the Seychelles and Mauritius.

Sunset over Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
Sunset over Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira (Photo by James Russell)

Most of all, however, I look forward to seeing all the other talks from researchers doing their part on other islands all around the world, during what will be a great week.

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Conservation biologist Dr. James Russell works throughout the world on remote islands and other sites to provide conservation solutions by applying a combination of scientific methods. Follow James on National Geographic voices for regular updates on his own work or other exciting developments in island conservation.