Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science

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Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science

About the Group

Our work addresses the challenges that humanity faces in halting the decline of global biodiversity. We work at the interface of social and ecological systems, using a range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to address key issues in current conservation.

Our underlying philosophy is that in order to make progress we need to consider the incentives, pressures and challenges faced by individual decision-makers, and to bring together multidisciplinary teams who are best placed to address these issues. From black rhinos to blue whales … when we think of conservation, many of us think of it as the science of saving endangered species. But that’s only a small part of a far bigger picture. After all, species are only a small part of biodiversity, ecosystems and habitats - on land, and in our rivers and seas. 

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Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland

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Recent Publications

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Burgass, M.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Stewart Lowndes, J.S., O’Hara, C., Afflerbach, J.C. & Halpern, B.S. (2019). A pan-Arctic assessment of the status of marine social-ecological systems. Regional Environmental Change, 19, 293–308.

Cvitanovic, C., Howden, M., Colvin, R.M., Norström, A., Meadow, A.M., Addison, P.F.E. 2019. Maximising the benefits of participatory climate adaptation research by understanding and managing the associated challenges and risks. Environmental Science & Policy. 94, pp.20-31.

Hinsley A, Keane A, St. John FAV, Ibbett H, Nuno A. (2019) Asking sensitive questions using the unmatched count technique: Applications and guidelines for conservation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00:1–12. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13137

Ibbett H, Lay C, Phlai P, Song D, Hong C, Mahood S, & Milner-Gulland EJ. (2019) Conserving a globally threatened species in a semi-natural, agrarian landscape. Oryx, 53(1), 181-191. doi:10.1017/S0030605316001708


Feger, C., Mermet, L., Vira, B., Addison, P.F.E., Barker, R., Birkin, F., Burns, J., Cooper, S., Couvet, D., Cuckston, T., Daily, G.C., Dey, C., Gallagher, L., Hails, R., Jollands, S., Mace, G., Mckenzie, E., Milne, M., Quattrone, P., Rambaud, A., Russell, S., Santamaria, M. and Sutherland, W.J. 2018. Four priorities for new links between conservation science and accounting research. Conservation Biology

Bal, P., A. Tulloch, P. F. E Addison, E. McDonald-Madden and J. R. Rhodes. 2018. Selecting indicator species for biodiversity management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Addison, P. F. E.J. W. Bull, and E. J. Milner-Gulland. 2018. Using conservation science to advance corporate biodiversity accountability. Conservation Biology.

Addison, P. F. E., and J. W. Bull. 2018. Conservation accord: Corporate incentives. Science 360:1195-1196.

Arlidge, W.N.S., Bull, J.W., Addison, P.F.E., Burgass, M.J., Gianuca, D., Gorham, T.M., Jacob, C., Lloyd, S.P., Shumway, N., Watson, J.E.M., Wilcox, C., Milner-Gulland, E.J., 2018. A global mitigation hierarchy for nature conservation. Bioscience,

Bednarek, A. T., Wyborn, C., Cvitanovic, C., Meyer, R., Colvin, R. M., Addison, P. F. E., Close, S. L., et al. 2018. Boundary spanning at the science–policy interface: the practitioners’ perspectives. Sustainability Science:

Burgass, M. J., Arlidge, W. N. S., Addison, P. F. E., 2018. Overstating the value of the IUCN red list for business decision‐making. Conservation Letters,

Burgess G, Zain S, Milner-Gulland EJ, Eisingerich EB, Sharif V, Ibbett H, Olmedo Castro A, Sohl H. (2018) Reducing Demand for illegal wildlife products. Research analysis on strategies to change illegal wildlife product consumer behavior. Research report for DEFRA (Ref:WC1110). Available from:     

Dobson AD, Milner‐Gulland EJ, Beale CM, Ibbett H, and Keane A. (2018) Detecting deterrence from patrol data. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13222

Guerrero, A., Bennett, N., Wilson, K., Carter, N., Gill, D., Mills, M., Ives, C. D., Selinske, M. J., Larrosa, C., Bekessy, S., Januchowski-Hartley, F., Travers, H., Wyborn, C. A., & Nuno, A. (2018). Achieving the promise of integration in social-ecological research: a review and prospectus. Ecology and Society23(3).

H. Resit Akçakaya, Elizabeth L. Bennett, Thomas M. Brooks, Molly K. GraceAnna Heath, Simon Hedges, Craig Hilton‐Taylor,Michael Hoffmann, David A. Keith, Barney Long, David P. Mallon, Erik Meijaard, E.J. Milner‐Gulland, Ana S.L. Rodrigues, Jon Paul Rodriguez, .J. Stephenson, Simon N. Stuart, Richard P. Young. Quantifying species recovery and conservation success to develop an IUCN Green List of Species.

Miquelle, D. G., Poole, C. M., Mahood, S. P., Travers, H., Linkie, M., Goodrich, J., Walston, J., Rotha, K., & Rabinowtiz, A. (2018). Comments on “a framework for assessing readiness for tiger reintroductions”. Biodiversity and Conservation27(12), 3287-3293.

Richard A. Kock, Mukhit Orynbayev, Sarah Robinson, Steffen Zuther, Navinder J. Singh, Wendy Beauvais,, Eric R. Morgan, Aslan Kerimbayev, Sergei Khomenko, Henny M. Martineau, Rashida Rystaeva, Zamira Omarova, Sara Wolfs, Florent Hawotte, Julien Radoux and Eleanor J. Milner-Gulland. Saigas on the brink: Multidisciplinary analysis of the factors influencing mass mortality events

Pienkowski, T., Dickens, B.L., Sun, H., & Carrasco, L.R. 2018. Linking forests, deforestation, and nutritional outcomes: An observational study in nine African countries. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2(meeting abstract S4).

Poore, J. & Nemecek, T. (2018). “Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers.” Science. 360 (6392), 987-992.

Salk, C., & Travers, H. (2018). Not all group incentives are created equally. Conservation Letters11(1), e12432.

Redpath, S. M., Keane, A., Andrén, H., Baynham-Herd, Z., Bunnefeld, N., Duthie, A. B., Pollard, C. R., Rakotonarivo, S., Salk, C. F., & Travers, H. (2018). Games as Tools to Address Conservation Conflicts. Trends in ecology & evolution33(6), 415-426.

Travers, H., Clements, T., & Milner-Gulland, E. J. (2016). Predicting responses to conservation interventions through scenarios: A Cambodian case study. Biological Conservation204, 403-410.

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