During 2014 this website covered nearly 70 news stories from across CEH’s science activity. We also published more than 60 blog posts which explain the background to our work. You can see a list of our most viewed news stories and blog posts here, and read some of the highlights below.As each calendar year draws to a close, we like to take a look back at the research undertaken by scientists working at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) over the last twelve months.
In 2014 we:
- started new research projects and collaborative work including a new national peak river flow data service, the UK Soil Observatory, new tree health research, the Big Bumblebee Discovery citizen science project and co-ordination of the Valuing Nature Programme.
- continued collating and analysing information on UK hydrology. Our hydrologists were in demand in the first part of the year, collaborating with the Met Office to report after an extremely wet winter led to widespread flooding.
- celebrated significant anniversaries for two of our longest running data projects. During the summer we ran a conference to mark 50 years of the Biological Records Centre. In the spring, the UK’s Environmental Change Network was 20.
- We signed collaborative research agreements with research institutes in China and India.
- Seabird ecologist Francis Daunt received the Marsh Award for Ornithology
- We launched our new five-year Science Strategy
- We are considering potential changes to CEH’s ownership and governance
Throughout the year our scientists were lead or co-authors on around 400 peer-reviewed papers, covering a wide range of science areas. Highlights included:
- The Moth versus the Crowd – Tracking an alien invader of conker trees using people power
- Scientists identify top 30 high risk invasive alien species with potential to threaten British biodiversity
- New scientific review investigates potential influences on recent UK winter floods
- Queen bumblebees disperse far from their birthplace before setting up home, DNA analysis reveals
- CEH leads global network on geoengineering in lakes
- World-leading hydrological science for environmental flows
- Understanding midge behaviour key to reducing cattle and sheep diseases
- Bats hang out with their friends despite moving house often
- Super-charged tropical trees: Borneo’s productive trees vitally important for global carbon cycling
You can also follow @CEHPaperAlerts on Twitter for the latest information on new peer-reviewed papers or sign up to receive email alerts for the CEHScienceNews blog which has regular updates giving more detail on our work.
Happy Christmas to all our readers and best wishes for 2015!