Invited and keynote speaker
Keynote speaker, The Skills Needed to Identify and Record in Natural History, Skill Development for Biological Recording: The Gateway, Shrewsbury, 10/5/2018.
Cross-Museum Working: Holy Grail or Unholy Mess?, NatSCA Conference 2018 - The Museum Ecosystem: Exploring how different subject specialisms can work closer together: Leeds City Museum, 27/4/2018.
Invited speaker, Bridging the skills gap in UK species identification: lessons learnt and next steps, 17th National Biodiversity Network Conference: National Museum Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 17/11/2017.
Invited speaker, Training at the Natural History Museum - Identification Trainers for the Future, Celebrating 21 years of Biological Recording: Manchester Metropolitan University, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, 9/9/2017.
Invited speaker, Identification Trainers for the Future: Bridging the skills gap in natural history, Linnean Society Taxonomy & Systematics Plenary Session 'What is the Future for Biological Surveys: are specialists for key taxa at risk of becoming extinct?: Linnean Society of London, London, 7/9/2017.
Invited speaker, A History of the Natural History of Bats, Gilebert Whites House & Museum Winter Lecture Series: Gilbert Whites House and Museum, Selbourne, 19/1/2017.
Invited speaker, Identification Trainers for the Future: Inspiring the Next Generation of British Wildlife Experts, CIEEM SE Section Annual Meeting: Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, 13/2/2016.
Invited speaker, Identification Trainers for the Future: Inspiring the Next Generation of British Wildlife Experts, CIEEM Autumn Conference: Reconnecting People and Nature: Opportunities and Challenges: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, 3/11/2015.
Invited speaker, The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity: Supporting London's Biological Recorders, London Recorders Day: Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 10/11/2018.
Invited speaker, Kick Start Your Career in Ecology, British Ecological Society Undergraduate Careers Conference: British Ecological Society, London, United Kingdom, 12/2/2018.
Invited speaker, The Nocturnal Wanderings of a Bat Ecologist, NHM Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 27/1/2018.
The Nocturnal Wanderings of a Bat Ecologist, NHM Lates - Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 25/8/2017.
Wild Voices: Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, Steph West (@BatGirlSteph78) is UK Biodiversity Training Manager at the Natural History Museum. In this episode I got a fascinating behind the scenes look at the work the NHM does but that you may not have heard about: training the next generation of specialist ecologists (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identification-trainers-for-the-future.html) and helping to conserve the world’s wildlife, as well as preserving specimens of dead animals and lost species. I also learn about Steph’s early fascination with bats. And she tells us that the skills she developed in the financial sector translate directly across to her career in conservation.
Steph also shares her view on what it’s like to work at the Museum, as well as telling us about how and where specimens are stored and some of her favourites, including the mysterious ‘spirit birds’. You can read more about Steph at this link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/stephanie-west.html
The Wild Voices Project podcast tells the stories of people saving nature. We are part of WILDVoices media, a global production team bridging emerging storytellers with aspiring environmental professionals. Find out more about us at wildvoicesproject.org. Learn more about the global community at wild-voices.org., Wild Voices Project, Williams M, 11/9/2018.
NHM_Live: Who's Afraid of the Dark, Science Communicator David Urry is joined by Museum ecologist Steph West, Senior Mammal Curator Louise Tomsett, and Physiology and Behaviour Expert Dr Robyn Grant, to talk about creatures that thrive at night.
We'll answer questions such as:
•Which mammal can sniff out a meal several miles away?
•Which animal has eyes bigger than its brain?
•What might the most perfectly adapted nocturnal mammal look like?
•What are scientists learning about the way whiskered animals use their fine follicles?
You'll also meet Ken Greenway, Tower Hamlets' resident ecologist, for a night-time walk in the cemetery on the lookout for some of the borough's bats.
This #NHMLive program was broadcast at 17.30 BST on Wednesday 11 July 2018., NHM_Live, Urry D, 11/7/2018. Who's Afraid of the Dark #NHM_Live
The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn, The British back garden is a familiar setting, but underneath the peonies and petunias is a much wilder hidden world, a miniature Serengeti, with beauty and brutality in equal measure. In this documentary, Chris Packham and a team of wildlife experts spend an entire year exploring every inch of a series of interlinked back gardens in Welwyn Garden City. The want to answer a fundamental question: how much wildlife lives beyond our back doors? How good for wildlife is the great British garden?, BBC Four / Windfall Films, Packham C, 11/7/2017. The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn
NHM_Live: Fantastic Mini-Beasts and Where to Find Them, Invertebrates in UK urban gardens from the perspective of the NHM's Wildlife Garden, NHM, Urry D, 7/7/2017. Fantastic Mini-Beasts and Where to Find Them (NHM_Live)