I trained as an ecologist at Cambridge University and have over 20 years of research experience in a range of ecosystems across the globe. As a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, I developed broad research interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change. I am a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development and a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School. I advise governments, UN agencies and businesses on Nature-based Solutions and is a Friend of CoP26, i.e. one of around 30 global experts currently advising the UK government on its Presidency of the UNFCCC’s climate change conference, CoP26.
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I combine key pure and applied approaches from the natural and social sciences, and work with economists, to tackle the challenge of understanding and conserving biodiversity, and building socio-ecological resilience in a warming world. On the pure science side, we use experimental and comparative approaches to determine the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. On the applied side, we consolidate and translate scientific understanding of nature-based solutions for the benefit of decision-makers in government and business. In 2017, I founded the Nature-based Solutions Initiative. I am also a core team member of Oxford Net Zero and lead the Oxford Martin School's Biodiversity & Society Programme.
Nature-based Solutions Initiative
Nature-based Solutions enhance and work with nature to address societal challenges. This interdisciplinary programme collates, consolidates and communicates scientific understanding of the effectiveness of Nature-based Solutions for the benefit of decision-makers in business, government and civil society. Our aim is to get science into policy and policy into action to increase the implementation of sustainable Nature-based Solutions across the globe.
For more information, please visit: Nature-based Solutions Initiative
We are hosting a major interdisciplinary international conference in Nature-based Solutions in July 2022. For more information, visit www.naturebasedsolutionsoxford.org
I am a Senior Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development (London), Research Associate at the Centre for Tropical Research (UCLA), and Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School.
We also run an Executive Education course on nature-based solutions, see: https://www.naturebasedsolutionsinitiative.org/nature-based-solutions-to-global-challenges-foundation-course
My funding currently comes from the GCRF, NERC and the John Fell Fund. In the past I have been supported by the Royal Society, British Ecological Society, EPSRC, European Commission, Wetlands Trust, Rhodes Foundation and the Fulbright Programme.