Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Senior Associate of International Institute for Environment and Development; Research Associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
I combine pure and applied approaches from the natural and social sciences to tackle the challenge of understanding and conserving biodiversity, building socio-ecological resilience in a warming world, and bringing the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.
I am a tropical ecologist and evolutionary biologist with over 20 years of experience running field projects with international teams in South America and Africa. I studied Natural Sciences and obtained my PhD at Cambridge University, moving to Oxford University Zoology Department (Edward Grey Institute) as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2005. I was appointed a University Lecturer in 2009 and made Professor of Biodiversity in 2015. In 2017, I was awarded a a NERC Knowledge Exchange fellowship to work at the science-policy interface of nature-based solutions to climate change.