Research

Our ultimate vision is to increase human wellbeing and resilience to anthropogenic change through the conservation and restoration of the natural environment. In our group we conduct both pure and applied science, and increasingly operate at the interface of science and policy to ensure that decisions about how to manage the natural environment and adapt to global change are informed by the best available scientific evidence. On the pure science side, we use regional and global comparative analyses to investigate the role of eco-evolutionary processes in shaping patterns of biodiversity in space and time, and to determine the impacts of change on the resilience of ecosystems and their capacity to provide services. On the applied science side, we use a range of techniques from the natural and social sciences to tackle challenges identified by policy makers and practitioners. A major focus is to bring understanding of the value of biodiversity to the heart of decision-making, with current emphasis on nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation. This work is conducted in partnership with NGOs from the conservation and development sectors (e.g. International Institute for Environment and Development, BirdLife International and and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development). We have also started working with organizations with strong links to the private sector (e.g. The Biodiversity Consultancy).

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