After completing a PhD on eggshell thickness declines at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK, I worked as a Research Biologist for the RSPB studying the impacts of agriculture on biodiversity. From 2003-2005 I was a post-doc at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford modelling deer, ticks and tick-borne diseases, followed by a year as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama. From 2007-2012 I was the Senior Scientist at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK. In 2012 I moved to the University of Sussex as Reader in Ecology & Conservation, and became Professor of Conservation Science in 2017. From 2015-2017 I was the Interim Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.
Our research attempts to quantitatively assess the impacts of environmental changes on biodiversity and ecosytems and identify policy-relevant strategies to reduce the effects of human impacts. Work in our group extends beyond the traditional fields of ecology and conservation, and we attempt to consider social, economic and political factors that drive, and in turn are driven by, changes in the environment.
Biodiversity Biosphere Interactions Conservation Biology Coupled Natural & Human Systems Ecology Ecosystem Science Environmental Impacts Natural Resource Management Spatial & Geographic Information Science