dipper (c) Iman Shah

Understanding dippers, understanding impact

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.

Prof Juliet Vickery

Head of International Research, Conservation Science RSPB

Prof Juliet Vickery

“I firmly believe that effective conservation action should be under-pinned by science. My research has always focussed on understanding the impact of human-related environmental change on the natural world – starting with dippers.

My PhD looked at the impact of acidification of waterways on birds inhabiting the upland streams to which dippers are adapted. Clear links between stream chemistry, invertebrate prey abundance and breeding success of dippers highlighted how addressing conservation problems often starts with an in-depth understanding of a species in its natural environment. 30 years on, dippers remain my favourite bird.”

Discover more about dippers here: RSPB Dipper

Hear Juliet talk about an RSBP conservation project in Gola’s rainforests on our YouTube channel in Celebrating Women in Science and Conservation.


An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

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