Charlie is an interdisciplinary conservation practitioner and researcher. 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 Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (University of Kent), which focused on Madagascar's protected area system and was completed in 2015. He recently authored the book ‘Life Amongst the Thorns – Biodiversity and Conservation of Madagascar’s Spiny Forest’ (John Beaufoy Publishing, 2015), and has publshed 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 also worked in conservation in the UK, Mauritius and Kenya.