Charlie is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist and practitioner, as well as a writer and activist. He was based in Madagascar from 2005-2015 where he worked with WWF, Blue Ventures and other NGOs to help implement the country’s ambitious ‘Durban Vision’ to triple the extent of the protected area network. This work informed his PhD at the University of Kent, which focused on Madagascar's protected area system and was completed in 2015. He co-authored the book ‘Life Amongst the Thorns – Biodiversity and Conservation of Madagascar’s Spiny Forest’ (John Beaufoy Publishing, 2015), and has published widely on both biodiversity and our efforts to conserve it. His principle research interests include protected areas, small-scale fisheries management, and spanning the researcher-practitioner divide in conservation. He has been a Lecturer in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent since 2016, and is an activist with Extinction Rebellion.