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Nathalie Seddon, PhD




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 the Biodiversity and Society Programme at the Oxford Martin School. She is also 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 20 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.

Nathalie advises 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, until its handover to Egypt in late 2022.


Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Zoology and Fellow in Biology at Wadham College, University of Oxford; Senior Associate of International Institute for Environment and Development; Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School; Visiting Fellow at the Kleinman Centre, University of Pennsylvania.

Advisory roles

Science Advisory Board of RBG Kew; Science & Knowledge Committee of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions; Advisory Board of UNEP-WCMC EbA Horizon 2020 project; Scientific Advisory Board of the Trillion Trees Platform at the World Economic Forum.


To arrange a meeting, please contact my PA: sharon.cornwell@zoo.ox.ac.uk


Evaluating and investing in Nature-based Solutions with Nathalie Seddon & Cameron Hepburn

Oxford Science Blog

From a forest track to the corridors of power: the wild lives of Nathalie Seddon.

Videos and animations

What can nature offer for #COP26, and what can COP26 offer for nature?

Co-created with Apolitical: Biodiversity loss puts humans and the environment at risk

Three short films on Nature-based Solutions in Action around the UK

The future we must chose


Economist: Going in reverse – how can greenhouse gas emissions be removed from the atmosphere?

UNDRR: Words into action: Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy: The Potential, and Risks, of Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Future makers: Solving climate change… nature or technology?

Recent writing

Why efforts to address climate change through nature-based solutions must support both biodiversity and people

Getting the message right on nature-based solutions to climate change

Nature-based solutions can help cool the planet – if we act now

Guidelines for Successful, Sustainable Nature-based Solutions

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