Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development, Manchester Metropolitan University

I have more than 30 years experience in academic research and teaching in conservation science. I am currently Professor of Biodiversity and Human Development at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). I also hold the position of Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the University of Malaga, Spain.

My research naturally embraces a broad set of disciplines such as biology, economics, anthropology, and development. Crucially also, I will pursue emerging issues that impinge significantly upon the long-term future of global biodiversity, such as defaunation of tropical rainforests, the impact of loss of wildlife on people dependent on it, climate change or the impact of diseases on wildlife and humans. The fundamental underpinning of my research and career is to advance scientific knowledge but also use it for practical purposes.

I teach in a number of courses in academic institutions in the UK and other countries. I also mentor students at undergraduate, post-graduate and vocational levels. From 2007-2014, I have formed part of the team co-directing the MSc Course in Conservation Science in Imperial College London.