Nathalie Seddon, PhD


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Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Senior Associate of International Institute for Environment and Development; Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School.

Interests and expertise

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 the tropical forests of 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.


Published peer-reviewed papers

Reports and policy briefs


Nature, People, Planet

Future Earth

Oxford Science Blog


What are nature-based solutions to climate change impacts?


Biodiversity loss puts humans and the environment at risk

Climate change, biodiversity loss and solutions

Nature-based solutions at COP23, Bonn 2017

Reflections on Adaptation Futures conference, Cape Town 2018


Nathalie Seddon, PhD

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