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Sophus zu Ermgassen

PhD Researcher, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent

I'm an ecological economist specialising in no net loss and biodiversity offsetting, ecosystem services, and ecosystem restoration currently based at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent. My current research focuses on establishing the evidence base for the effectiveness of offsetting and no net loss strategies, building on five years of experience working in biodiversity and environmental management in various research and consultancy roles.


  • –present
    PhD student, University of Kent
  • 2014–2018
    Research Assistant, The Nature Conservancy
  • 2018–2018
    Postgraduate researcher, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
  • 2016–2016
    Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Consultant, AECOM


  • 2017 
    University of Edinburgh, Ecological Economics
  • 2015 
    Judge Business School, Management
  • 2014 
    University of Cambridge, Zoology


  • 2018
    Ecosystem service responses to rewilding: first-order estimates from 27 years of rewilding in the Scottish Highlands, International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management
  • 2018
    Measuring rewilding progress, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2017
    Is variety the spice of life? An experimental investigation into the effects of species richness on self-reported mental well-being, PloS one