Ecologist - Writer - Photographer

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August 2017 - A conservation assessment of Mungos mungo. From The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Now published online by South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.

May 2017 - Scientific paper published (Open Access) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biased escorts: offspring sex, not relatedness explains alloparental care patterns in a cooperative breeder.

March 2017 - Scientific paper published (Open Access) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society.

March 2017 - shortlisted in the Scottish Botanical category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2016. To view my shortlisted image, Green on Pink, captured on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, click here. To view more images from Ardnamurchan, view my Scotland Photo Galleries: Ardnamurchan I: Portrait of the Region and Ardnamurchan II: Landscape of Contrast. Check out the winning SNPA images here.

March 2017 - Radio Merseyside played out an interview with me about grey squirrels and red squirrels on 13/03/17. The Formby Reserve on Merseyside is one of northern England's few remaining red squirrel populations. You can listen to the broadcast @ Roger Phillips.

March 2017 - I appeared on Radio Scotland to discuss the grey squirrel cull with Susan Davies, Director of Conservation at the Scottish Wildlife Trust on 09/03/17. You can listen to the broadcast @ The Kaye Adams Programme.

March 2017 - quoted in The Times article Public outcry at grey squirrel ‘massacre’ planned by charity by Environment Editor Ben Webster.

March 2017 - In defence of the grey squirrel, Britain’s most unpopular invader, published in The Conversation. To see images of red and grey squirrels visit my Scotland's Squirrels Photo Gallery.

December 2016 - Dawn of 'Trumpocene' era spells disaster for world's primates - The Independent republish my The Conversation article on primates, climate change and Trump.

December 2016 - Dawn of 'Trumpocene' era spells disaster for world's primates, published in The Conversation to coincide with the opening of Monkey Business at the National Museum of Scotland. More @ my Blog - Monkey Business: All Primates Great and Small.

September 2016 - Horns of a Dilemma - The Independent republish ‘Medical tourism’ to South Africa will only drive rhino closer to extinction article.

September 2016 - ‘Medical tourism’ to South Africa will only drive rhino closer to extinction, published in The Conversation. For World Rhino Day 2016 and CoP17 (the CITES conference: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

August 2016 - New Photo Gallery: Republika Hrvatska: Croatia featuring butterflies, graffiti, holy pigeons, red tractors, and dead fish.

August 2016 - IUCN Species Account for Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) published online by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

June 2016 - New Photo Gallery: Colours of Kerala (India) featuring sleeping street dogs, noctural fish market, Indian crow, gecko, monkey, and elephant.

June 2016 - Outdoor Photography Magazine publish my reminisces on what happens when a Canon gets into a fight with a Land Rover with a couple of images in the Your Letters section in the July 2016 issue (p14). You can view the article here or in the Magazine Articles+ section. The images also appear in recent Blogs: on mongooses and fieldwork in Uganda.

May 2016 - Discover Wildlife republish BBC Wildlife Magazine article (May 2016): Unusual alliance between warthogs and mongooses by Stuart Blackman includes quotes from interview with me. To view my mongoose research pages click on: Sharing of reproduction and care of young in banded mongooses and Effects of anthropogenic waste disposal on banded mongoose demographics.

May 2016 - Scientific paper published (Open Access) in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Evidence of Oxidative Shielding of Offspring in a Wild Mammal. Banded mongoose mums protect foetuses from physiological damage during gestation.

May 2016 - Wild News article in BBC Wildlife Magazine (May 2016, p14): "Team-up is Mammal Milestone: New Research Reveals Cross-species Co-operation between Warthogs and Mongooses" by Stuart Blackman includes quotes from interview with me. To view my mongoose research pages click on: Sharing of reproduction and care of young in banded mongooses and Effects of anthropogenic waste disposal on banded mongoose demographics.

May 2016 - now Twitter active: Follow me here...@jgilchrist13. Alerts re. website updates & other topical points of interest will post to Twitter.

March 2016 - shortlisted in the Scottish Landscape Sea and Coast category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2015. To view my shortlisted image, Storm at Eshaness, captured on Shetland, click here. To view more images from the Shetland Islands, view my Blog entry: When the Wind Blows: Wild Shetland. Check out the winning SNPA images here.

March 2016 - Civil war among the mongooses...and why it’s all about sexual success published via The Conversation. Article taking a peek into the fascinating social conflict within banded mongooses. You can read more @ my Blog page on The Return of Mr. Mongoose. I have also added an antique video clip from the TV series Vets in the Wild that featured the banded mongooses and our research (way back in 1999). You can view the video here. The Civil war among the mongooses... story was picked up by the Daily Mail in an article: Cuddly mongooses wage civil WARS: Normally close-knit families are torn apart in shrieking battles... and it's all about sex.

March 2016 - Scientific paper published (Open Access) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Reproductive competition triggers mass eviction in cooperative banded mongooses.

January 2016 - I was recently interviewed by Time Magazine about South Africa's controversial and ongoing decision to open domestic trade in rhino horn, and the issues are reported in the article: Legalizing the Sale of Rhino Horn May Only Endanger the Animals More.

January 2016 - To Trade or Not to Trade? That is the question posed in an article that I wrote on rhino and the rhino horn trade, also featuring some of my photographs, published in Biosphere Magazine. You can view the article click here or in the Magazine Articles+ section. To visit the Biosphere Magazine website click here.

November 2015 - the death of Nola, one of the last northern white rhino, prompted me to write an article, Only a Jurassic Park-style intervention can now save the northern white rhino, analysing the implications, published in The Conversation. You can read additional thoughts in my Blog, The Death of a Rhino, with videos of rhino capture and processing, and photos, available in my Rhino! gallery.

October 2015 - I was recently interviewed about South Africa's rhino poaching epidemic by Time Magazine, and some of my thoughts, alongside those of others involved in rhino conservation, are reported in the article: Meet the Black Mambas, the Scourge of South African Poachers (subscription required).

September 2015 - to coincide with World Rhino Day 2015, The Conversation has published an online article written by me and featuring one of my rhino images: Spy-cam rhinos to take on poachers with devices hidden in their horns. I, and the rhinos, would be grateful for any attention and support that you can generate via social media, the internet +. Also check out Chopping Off the Rhino's Horn and the War on Wildlife Crime. Videos of rhino capture and processing, and photos, available in my Rhino! gallery.

August 2015 – letter and photograph published in Outdoor Photography Magazine (Issue 195, September 2015, p17). My letter, The Trouble with Trees, was published alongside my image The Black Wood of Rannoch. You can view the letter and image as they appeared in the magazine here. Click here to view more ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) images in my Abstracts with Trees gallery.

July 2015 - presentation at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare - International Animal Welfare Science Symposium, Zagreb, Croatia. The focus of the Symposium was 'Animal Populations - World Resources and Animal Welfare'. I presented on 'Stress physiology of game animal capture and cull: Welfare and productivity for the wildlife industry’ based upon my research on ungulates in South Africa. See the Blog for some personal reflection on animal welfare prompted by the symposium.

July 2015 - addition of new Gallery celebrating the recent bloom of the giant corpse flower, Amorphophallus titanum, at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

June 2015 - first experience of India via University networking visit to Kerala region. Elephant and tiger - did not see any but they loomed large as conservation issues. See Colours of Kerala Blog post for more information.

May 2015 - The Blog...Opening entry of monthly Blog posted. Exploring Uncharted Terrain.

January 2015 - new Gallery added with photographic highlights from 2014: see the Year in Pictures 2014 Gallery.

January 2015 - some of my more artistic (impressionist-style) images now feature in a new gallery of their own within the Scotland Galleries: Abstracts with Trees.

December 2014 - Melvita Nature Images Awards publish their 2014 award-winning entries (view here) including my abstract image of a European Robin awarded 2nd place in the Birds category....! This is my first placing in a major international nature photography competition. You can view my prize winning image here.

December 2014 - the British Ecological Society used one of my Madagascar Chameleon images as the cover image for their Strategic Plan (2015-2019).

November 2014 - new photo galleries added with images from Ardnamurchan region, Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands following a recent trip. Click here.

November 2014 - shortlisted for Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards 2014 in Creative Visions of Nature category. Shortlisted images are on display, and open for public vote, at the Discovery Centre exhibition through to 22nd February 2015. You can view my shortlisted image here.

October 2014 - online article published on Chopping Off the Rhino's Horn and the War on Wildlife Crime, for The Conversation. Videos of rhino capture and processing posted in my Rhino! gallery.

October 2014 - new photo gallery added with Camera Trap photographs of wildlife from South Africa. Click here.

September 2014 - website re-organisation in progress with transfer to www.jasongilchrist.co.uk. New content will be added shortly. Watch this space.

July-September 2014 - field research in South Africa on game animal stress physiology. I was involved in the capture and de-horning of yet more white rhinoceros - in order to reduce risk of poaching. Check out the RHINO! gallery where you can view a photo slideshow and videos of rhino capture and de-horning. Sadly, Northern Cape lost its first rhino to poaching during my fieldwork.

March 2014 - shortlisted in the Natural Abstract, and Environmental categories of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2013. To view my shortlisted images click here for the Natural Abstract image, or here for the Environmental image. Check out the winning images @ www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com.

January 2014 - new Gallery added on the Edinburgh Portobello beach Sperm Whale carcass removal: see The Joppa Whale Gallery (A Photostory).

February 2013 - new Gallery and Links added on rhino endangerment prior to field research (and rhino capture) in South Africa: click here.

February 2013 - Mammals of Africa published by Bloomsbury: co-authored Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) species account featured in Volume V (Carnivores +). To read excerpt, visit the Magazine Articles+ section.

January 2012 - original website goes live.