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Honorary Professor of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, UCL

I studied Ecology at York University, completing a DPhil in Epidemiology and Ecology at Oxford University in 1991, and moved on to hold a Junior Research Fellowship at St Cross College, Oxford. From Oxford, I joined the British Trust for Ornithology, as the Head of the Census Unit, moving on to the RSPB in 1999, as the Head of the Monitoring.

I am now a Professor of Conservation Science and Head of Monitoring Conservation Science within the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, and a member of the RSPB’s Science Leadership Team. I was made an Honorary Professor at UCL in 2016 and I currently work one or two days a week in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) there, the rest of the time at RSPB. I am a Member of the CBER Management Team.

I am involved in a range of research collaborations with academics, NGOs and government agencies and engage with nature practice and policy related to national governments, EU, UN and CBD. I am a member of the IUCN/SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group, the Biodiversity Indicator Partnership, UK Biodiversity Indicators Steering Group and act on various expert panels.


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    Honorary Professor of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, UCL