We are the Biodiversity Science and Policy Group, based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford and the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College.
We apply cutting-edge techniques from a range of biological disciplines to tackle the challenge of understanding and conserving biodiversity, and building socio-ecological resilience in a warming world. On the pure science side, we use experimental field studies in conjunction with regional and global comparative analyses to address three general topics: How do new species evolve? What determines how lineages and traits assemble into ecological communities? And, how can these insights help us to understand and manage the response of ecosystems to environmental change? On the applied side, we work with decision makers in government and business to bring the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services to the centre of the sustainable development agenda, with a particular focus on nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation.