Nathalie Seddon



Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Biology
Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School
Member of the Adaptation Committee of the UK Climate Change Committee
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Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity and Founding Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Agile Initiative and co-lead of both the Biodiversity and Society Programme and the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery.

She is also a founding non-executive Director of the Oxford University Social Venture, Nature-based Insetting.

Nathalie trained as an evolutionary ecologist at Cambridge University and has over 25 years of research experience in a range of ecosystems across the globe. As a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, she developed broad research interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change. Her work now focuses on determining the ecological and socioeconomic effectiveness of nature-based solutions to societal challenges, and how to increase the influence of robust biodiversity science on the design and implementation of climate and development policy.

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Nathalie advises governments, UN agencies, and businesses on Nature-based Solutions and is a Friend of CoP26, one of around 30 global experts currently advising the UK government on its Presidency of the UNFCCC’s climate change conference, CoP26, until its handover to Egypt in late 2022. She is also a member of the Adaptation Committee of the UK Climate Change Change Committee, leading on nature, land, and agriculture, and is on the Science Advisory Board of RBG Kew and the Science & Knowledge Committee of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions.




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