MSc in BCM 10 Years

Oxford MSc BCM 2003-2013

  • 10 year cohorts
  • 244 alumni in 36 countries
  • 3 course directors
  • 3 academic directors

News

  • The BCM Mix is here!
  • Change of venue! We will spend the day in Talbot Hall at LMH.
  • Booking closed on 22 September.
  • Do send us your message, if you can't make it.

Re-unite

We are celebrating 10 years of the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management with an all-day reunion event in Oxford on Friday 4 October 2013. There will be plenty of time for catching up on each other's movements as well as for discussing the current and future issues of conservation, and how BCM and its alumni all over the world can continue to contribute to it. Last but not least, we also want to enjoy being back together in Oxford again, spending time among friends, old and new.

Change of venue!

We had hoped to be able to welcome you back to the School on South Parks Road, but due to the delayed building works we have got to branch out for the workshop day. Luckily, we found a very grand room at our dinner venue LMH, so we will spend the day together in Talbot Hall.

Timetable

9.30Begin "Check-in" at Lady Margaret Hall (Talbot Hall)
Tea & coffee, meet & mingle
10.30Welcome and scene-setting:
The past and present course and academic directors will share their reflections on 10 years of BCM from genesis to the future!
11.00Introductions & catch-up:
a series of facilitated activities to help you get to know BCMers from different years.
12.00World Café Set-up:
Agreeing topics for the afternoon discussions.
12.30Sandwich Lunch
14.00World Café Discussions:
The six course leaders will each chair a discussion on a key theme or concept in contemporary biodiversity science and management.
15.15Tea break
15.45World Café Presentations and Conclusions
16.15Networking Open Space
17.00Free time
19.00BCM 10th Anniversary Dinner at Lady Margaret Hall (Deneke Dining Hall)
and vote on "BCM's species mascot for 2014"
21.30BCM 10th Anniversary Party at Green Templeton College

Booking is now closed.

Re-connect

Start re-connecting and getting to know each other before October and participate in our 10th anniversary initiatives:

The BCM Atlas of Action

As Geographers we shouldn't let a 10th anniversary pass without an effort to map our collective engagements over the years in biodiversity research, policy and management.

Where have BCMers gone on to study and conserve biodiversity? Have we got all countries and ecoregions covered and what have we been doing where? Let's map it and watch our BCM Atlas of Action appear.

Please complete this short form to locate where in the world you worked on Biodiversity (or whatever else you went on to do).

Joining the dots

Are you hooked by one particular dot? Would you like to know who has worked there and what the project was he or she worked on?

Just post in the Oxford MSc BCM Facebook group and try to find out!

The BCM Mix

Sounds - whether field recordings, environmental soundscapes, songs or stories - are rich descriptors of the environments in which we live, providing inspiration and information about the natural world.

We collected and collated a selection of sounds which have inspired or motivated your outlook, thinking and work on the environment, and Rob St John (Class 2010/11, musician and writer) has edited your submissions together into an online mix hosted on MixCloud, allowing us all to hear, share and discuss the sounds which have shaped and inspired our relationship with the natural world.

Do share your thoughts, and claim back "your" tracks using the comment field on the web version! (Just click through via the headline "Sounds of the BCM 10th Anniversary" in the widget below).

The BCM Mascot

We would like to take the opportunity of our 10th anniversary to find a species mascot for BCM. This idea was inspired by the popularity of the recent vote for the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society . We would like you to propose and promote a BCM species mascot on the Facebook page (Panda is vetoed!). (If you're not on Facebook send it to and she'll post on your behalf). We will identify a candidate list of 4-6 species and nominate someone to champion each of these at the dinner. For expediency only those at the dinner will be allowed to vote, but lobbying is of course allowed and encouraged!

"Wish I were here!"

If you can't make it to Oxford on 4 October, there is yet another way (on top of the BCM Atlas and the BCM Mix) how you can be part of the event. Just write us a "Wish I were here" message using this template and send it to as soon as possible! We will display all messages that reach us before 5pm on the 3rd of October on a big board for everybody to read and enjoy on the day, and will also make it available online!

Re-Collections

Take the lead on compiling other collections:

  • course photos of BCMers
  • interesting readings
  • people and projects that have inspired our work

Just let us know and we will include your "project" on this web page.

The BCM LinkedIn Group
LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to explore the BCM alumni community, share CVs and initiate discussions ahead of the event.

Please join our closed University of Oxford, MSc Biodiversity Conservation and Management Group and help to grow our online network.

A special contribution
Cultivate

Thanks to Emma Burnett (2009-10) fresh, local, organic produce will feature in the BCM Anniversary Reunion Dinner! A co-founder of Cultivate, a co-operative social enterprise which grows, sells and promotes people-powered food in and around Oxford, this is her way to put her BCM interests into action and help improve the local food-system and community engagement.

Re-member

We are compiling milestones in BCM's 10 year history. This is what we have collected so far. We welcome your suggestions for additional milestones. Just email

  • 2013
  • August

    Mareike Dornhege's (2008-09) wedding to Satoshi in Bueckeburg, Germany: Laura Jennings (with her fiance Jamie Preston), Seline Meijer and Ashley MasseyMareike Dornhege's (2008-09) wedding to Satoshi in Bueckeburg, Germany: Laura Jennings (with her fiance Jamie Preston), Seline Meijer and Ashley Massey.

  • July

    International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA included BCM alums Jared Margulies (2009-10), Emma Shepheard-Walwyn, Seline Meijer, Ashley Massey (2008-09), Amy Hinsley (2007-08) and Meredith Root-Bernstein (2004-05)International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA included BCM alums Jared Margulies (2009-10), Emma Shepheard-Walwyn, Seline Meijer, Ashley Massey (2008-09), Amy Hinsley (2007-08) and Meredith Root-Bernstein (2004-05).

  • April

    The class of 2010-11 meet for the first time as conservationists (or in related fields!)The class of 2010-11 meet for the first time as conservationists (or in related fields!). Clockwise from top: Tom Mathews (now DPhil candidate with OUCE); Rose Robson (studying environmental law); Ellie Butcher (ZSL), Phillip Jones (wildlife film making, has worked with BBC Natural History Unit); Sara Hamann (Research Assistant at BT Centre for Major Programme Management, Sad Business School); Neha Sinha (working with BirdLife India, Bombay Natural History Society); and Lucy Erickson (Alumni Relations at Oxford's Chemistry Department).

  • March

    Tenerife Field Trip, March 2013Tenerife Field Trip, March 2013.
    View a PowerPoint slideshow of photos provided by Uri Roll.

  • February

    Dr Paul JepsonDr Paul Jepson takes over as the new Course Director

  • 2012
  • October

    Tenerife Field Trip, March 2013 We welcomed 25 new students on the 2012/13 course from 12 different countries

  • October

    The 2012/13 course begins

  • February

    Lydia Cole, Marta Lang, Dan Gartner, Anne Christianson, Kate Brill, Sophie Persey in Bangalore, India, for Pavithra Ramani's (2007-08) wedding to her long-term boyfriend, Pete.Lydia Cole, Marta Lang, Dan Gartner, Anne Christianson, Kate Brill, Sophie Persey in Bangalore, India, for Pavithra Ramani's (2007-08) wedding to her long-term boyfriend, Pete.

  • 2011
  • December

    David Williams, Emma Burnett, John David, Rob St John, Marina Kipson, Julien Jreissati, Claudia Gray, Lydia Cole, Jared Margulies in Kochi, Kerala, India, for Tarsh Thekaekara's (2009-10) marriage to his long-term girlfriend, ShubhraDavid Williams, Emma Burnett, John David, Rob St John, Marina Kipson, Julien Jreissati, Claudia Gray, Lydia Cole, Jared Margulies in Kochi, Kerala, India, for Tarsh Thekaekara's (2009-10) marriage to his long-term girlfriend, Shubhra.

  • December

    Claudia Gray and Emma Burnett examining elephant pooClaudia Gray and Emma Burnett examining elephant poo.

  • October

    We welcomed 24 new students on the 2011/12 course from 13 different countries

  • October

    The 2011/12 course begins

  • 2010
  • October

    We welcomed 33 new students on the 2010/11 course from 9 different countries - our biggest cohort ever

  • October

    The 2010/11 course begins

  • June

    BCM 2009/10 exams finished!BCM 2009/10 exams finished!

  • June

    Tarsh Thekaekara handing in dissertationTarsh Thekaekara handing in his dissertation

  • March

    Tenerife fieldtrip: Emma Burnet hugging DragoTenerife fieldtrip: Emma Burnett hugging Drago

  • 2009
  • December

    First Cambridge Study DayFirst Cambridge Study Day

  • October

    Conservation Governance Module introduced

  • October

    Badger trapping - Biodiversity Assessment moduleBadger trapping - Biodiversity Assessment module

  • October

    Create a You-Tube communication videoFirst presentations of group "create a You-Tube communication video" exercise

  • October

    First classesFirst classes

  • October

    We welcomed 22 new students on the 2009/10 course from 12 different countries

  • October

    The 2009/10 course begins

  • September

    Dr Shonil BhagwatDr Shonil Bhagwat takes over as the new Course Director

  • June

    The 2008-09 class finish their examsThe 2008-09 class finish their exams

  • March

    Oostvaardersplassen field tripOostvaardersplassen field trip

  • 2008
  • December

    Sampling in Wytham Woods: Emma Woods, Emma Shepheard-Walywn, Edward Perry, Sally Evans, Eleanor Hall, Lee Li, Anton Oliver, Rubina Badsha and Ashley MasseySampling in Wytham Woods: Emma Woods, Emma Shepheard-Walywn, Edward Perry, Sally Evans, Eleanor Hall, Lee Li, Anton Oliver, Rubina Badsha and Ashley Massey

  • October

    Induction field tripInduction field trip

  • October

    We welcomed 31 new students on the 2008/09 course

  • October

    The 2008/09 course begins

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: Lebo Lebotse in her 'field-work' clothes!Tenerife field trip: Lebo Lebotse in her 'field-work' clothes!

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: Maan Barua amongst the flowersTenerife field trip: Maan Barua amongst the flowers

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: Sage Dunn and Bjorn Alfthan admire the viewTenerife field trip: Sage Dunn and Bjorn Alfthan admire the view

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: The girls encouraging Pink Man, our class mascot, to keep upTenerife field trip: The girls encouraging Pink Man, the class mascot, to keep up.

  • 2007
  • October

    We welcomed 27 new students on the 2007/08 course

  • October

    The 2007/08 course begins

  • June

    The 2006-07 class finish their examsThe 2006-07 class finish their exams

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: Sophie Adwick, Hannah Rose Trayford, Joanna Burgar and Katie DawkinsTenerife field trip: Sophie Adwick, Hannah Rose Trayford, Joanna Burgar and Katie Dawkins

  • March

    Tenerife field trip: Mai Strunge and Sophie Adwick (with Kate Mannle in the background)Tenerife field trip: Mai Strunge and Sophie Adwick (with Kate Mannle in the background)

  • 2006
  • October

    We welcomed 24 new students on the 2006/07 course

  • October

    The 2006/07 course begins

  • March

    BCM students organise and promote a panel discussion on the new development of conservation concessionsBCM students organise and promote a panel discussion on the new development of conservation concessions.

  • March

    The first and last field trip to understand biodiversity conservation in the harsh post industrial landscapes of the Mersey belt.  30 mins after this photo was taken the bus windows were smashed by thieves!The first and last field trip to understand biodiversity conservation in the harsh post industrial landscapes of the Mersey belt. 30 mins after this photo was taken the bus windows were smashed by thieves!

  • 2005
  • October

    We welcomed 25 new students on the 2005/06 course

  • October

    The 2005/06 course begins

  • February

    A group of BCMers take a minibus trip to Holland to make contact with Frans Vera.  The rewilding debate commences!A group of BCMers take a minibus trip to Holland to make contact with Frans Vera. The rewilding debate commences!

  • 2004
  • October

    We welcomed 24 new students on the 2004/05 course

  • October

    The 2004/05 course begins

  • February

    BCM team convene the Linacre Lecture Series on accountability of conservation NGOsBCM team convene the Linacre Lecture Series on accountability of conservation NGOs.

  • 2003
  • October

    We welcomed 19 new students on our inaugral course

  • October

    The inaugral course begins

  • September

    Dr Richard LadleCourse Director
    Dr Richard Ladle