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Fiona Mathews

Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex

I am Professor of Environmental Biology at the University of Sussex and I monitor the conservation status of wildlife and research practical solutions to conservation problems. I am particularly interested in anthropogenic threats to nocturnal wildlife. Recent projects include assessing the population trends of British Mammals, researching the hazards posed to bats by wind turbines, and working on the impacts of roads and street-lighting for wildlife. I am the founding Chair of Mammal Conservation Europe (, and former Chair of the UK's Mammal Society. I am part of the United Nations Environment Programme EuroBATs scientific advisory group on Artificial Night Lighting and bats. My popular science book "Black Ops and Beaver Bombing: Adventures with Britain's Wild Mammals" was published in April 2023 and was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing.


  • 2018–2023
    Professor, University of Sussex