My research includes developing methods for quantifying and monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of land use change, climate change and other drivers of biodiversity loss, identifying and managing conflicts between human activities and the conservation of biodiversity, and the biodiversity science-policy interface.
I have been involved in over twelve European (EU-funded) projects on biodiversity (see below) and have previously worked on biodiversity in tropical forests. I have also worked on forest pests (including the pine beauty moth and the mahogany shoot borer), agricultural pests and the invasive rodent the coypu (Myocaster coypus).
Major current projects:
SPIRAL, Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity: Research, Action, and Learning, EU FP7 (2010-) (EU FP7, project co-coordinator)
KNEU, Developing a Knowledge Network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making and economic sectors EU FP7 (2010-)
ALTER-Net, A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network, EU FP6 Network of Excellence (initially funded under EU FP6)
Major previous projects:
Rubicode, Rationalising biodiversity conservation in dynamic ecosystems, EU FP6 project (2006-2009)
BioAssess – developing tools for assessing biodiversity and quantifying the impact of land use change on biodiversity in Europe (EU FP5, project coordinator)
BIOFORUM – a forum for scientists and stakeholders concerned about conflicts between the conservation of biodiversity and human activities (EU FP5, project coordinator)
BEAR, Development of indicators to measure biodiversity in European forests, EU FP4 (1998-2000).
PhD, University of East Anglia
BSc, University of Glasgow
Royal Entomological Society (Fellow): Vice-President 1996-8 and Council member, 1995-8
British Ecological Society