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Biological Photography Museum

I was having a wander through the museum at Biological Photography and Imaging yesterday and I came across some very strange items { well to me they were } and I am not talking about Dr David Fox the museum curator.

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Odd things in that museum, even the Kilner jar. Dr Tom Hartman said that it was unique in the fact that they stop making these jars back during the war when the factory was blow up. There is a lot to look at and photograph in this museum more then enough to hold anyone’s attention. If you have a interest in old bones, fish heads, small hedgehogs and strange looking mussels then drop a line to thomas.hartman@nottingham.ac.uk if you would like to know more on the course we run at Nottingham University, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging then contact david.mcmahon@nottingham.ac.uk

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Emma Clark, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, School of Biology, The University of Nottingham.

During Emma’s stay with the MSc, she produced some really nice work. This is one a piece that she produced for her summer project in the Écrins National Park. Below is some of the text along with some images from the book that Emma made on the park.

Écrins National Park

an introduction

One of nine French national parks, Écrins National Park was officially established in 1973 in response to pressure from mountaineers, nature organisations and the French Alpine Club. Divided into sectors which are managed individually by teams of field workers, the park expands over two departments – the Hautes Alpes and Isère – and two regions – the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and the Rhône Alpes. French law stipulates that parks are made up of a core and partnership zone. The core zone is a protected and unspoiled area which is subject to special rules, whilst the partnership zone is governed by a charter adopted by the relevant communes. The park is structured around a network of central high peaks, with large glaciers that have carved deep and distinctive valleys in the huge rocky massif.
Cols, landscapes and the position of the hillsides influence the distribution of different species, wildlife movements, human habitation, agriculture and tourism activities. Each valley is unique in terms of geography, culture and human presence. With a core zone of 91 800 ha including 11 300 ha of glaciers, 68 800 ha of summer alpine meadows and 41 422 ha of forest, the national park is an immense haven for alpine flora and fauna, and a challenging playground for explorers and naturalists The wealth of wildlife in Écrins is the result of the extremely varied environmental conditions. Species adapted for mediterranean conditions, such as pine voles and ocellated lizards, live along side survivors from the last Ice Age. Reintroduction programmes have helped bring back iconic mountain mammals to the area, such as chamois and ibex. Some species are only present in summer, but others have adapted to cope with the harsh winter climate; marmots settle into long deep sleeps, black grouse build protective
snow burrows and mountain hares adopt white fur camouflage. The golden eagle has been the subject of regular censuses since 1985 and there are 38 (1999 census) known breeding pairs within the park. Larger birds and other large predators, such as wolves and lynx, are attracted to the diversity of environments and have chosen to return to the park of their own accord. Over 1 800 different plant species have been identified in the national park, a diversity which results from the different vegetation levels (800 to 4 102m). Plant life is evolving as the climate changes, with dramatic declines in species
dating back to the Ice Age, and new species taking over the heaths and rocky ground1.

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Helen Walsh one of the associated members of the teaching staff on the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, Helen’s role on the  course is running two field trips one to the Monkey Forest and the second is to the British Wildlife Center. Helen is now a freelance photographer, designer and writer with a special interest in science communication. She was one of the very first students to graduate from the University of Nottingham with an MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging, her passion is for capturing and communicating in the natural world and the issues it faces . After leaving the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham, she has worked across and within the charitable sector helping organisations to communicate their messages about the environment to a whole host of different people, and using a wide range of marketing tools

Having worked in a marketing environment for 8 years, with organisations like The Wildlife Trusts, Biodiversity Partnerships, the University of Nottingham and environmental consultancies, Helen has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of wildlife and environmental issues, photography, graphic design, editing, writing, branding and interpretation. All supported by a BSc in Zoology and an Associateship with the Royal Photographic Society.

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Helen Walsh working with students at the Monkey Forest

Helen Walsh website

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On Friday the students spent the day with Heather Angel, at the Wetlands Center at Slimbridge, Gloucester. Professor Heather Angel has been associated with the University of Nottingham and Biological Photography for twenty years. Heather spent the day talking about photography how she takes pictures, asking the students about their projects and their future plans. The weather was very good to us, which made the day even more enjoyable

This time of year is a good time to see sand martins, common chiffchaffs, northern wheatears, barn swallows, Mediterranean gulls and black-headed gull, arriving in April are the warbler’s cuckoos, common redstarts, whinchats, yellow wagtails and a few hobby.

photographing birds at Slimbrdge

 

Heather Angel talking to one of the students

 

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One Week in the MSc

Next week, in the MSc Biological photography and Imaging there will be one of the most eventful weeks that we have had this semester. Tuesday we have Geoff Espin coming in, Geoff has been photographing Orchids for most of his life, the vast knowledge that he has just on this one subject is beyond most humans brain capacity. Geoff has a vast knowledge on macro photography and tips, tricks for using flash in the field. Wednesday Philip Songhurst will be in, one of the items that Philip will be covering is the interactive apps, plus he will be covering ethical marketing. Wednesday afternoon Marcin Jamkowski and Michael Barnes will be visiting. Both Marcin and Michael are Knight Fellows from the class of 2009-10 at MIT. Michael is a television producer and writer whose work has appeared on television both here in the UK and in the USA. Marcin is a writer he has worked in Africa (Mali, Morocco, Madagascar, Egypt), Amazon Sources (Peru), Belize, USA, Korea, and Russia and all over Europe. Marcin is working for National Geographic Poland – as the Editor in Chief. At the end of the week when we visit Slimbridge WWT you meet the worlds best know female marine biologist, photographer, writer of many books and naturalist Professor Heather Angel

MSc Biological Photography & Imaging

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