Advisory Board

Applied Ecology Resources (AER) is supported by an Advisory Board whose members represent the diverse communities and organisations who will use AER. The Board draw from their professional network and experience to provide advice on strategic development and contribute to decision-making.

The Advisory Board will be supported by a larger group of stakeholders who will provide further input via online correspondence, meetings and focus group sessions. A selection of representatives from AER Platinum and Founding member organisations (see Membership details) will also be given the opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of AER.

Board members

Marc Cadotte – AER Chair, University of Toronto, Canada

Marc Cadotte is a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada. Marc’s current research priorities include: 1) Causes of biodiversity. Examining the mechanisms that influence the diversity of species in habitats and how human activities and species invasions alter biodiversity patterns. 2) Consequences of biodiversity. Evaluating the ways in which changes in biodiversity influence the functioning of ecosystems in natural and urban landscapes. 3) Preserving biodiversity. Examining how to conserve and manage natural and urban ecosystems to maximize biodiversity and the ecosystem services that all people benefit from.

Jos Barlow – Lancaster University, UK

Jos Barlow’s research examines biodiversity responses to environmental change in tropical ecosystems. It aims to understand how human-dominated tropical forest landscapes can be managed to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, while maintaining the livelihoods of rural peoples. He has worked on a wide range of taxa, and has studied ecological issues in many different management systems, including selectively logged native forests, agroforests, fast-growing timber plantations, slash-and-burn, cattle ranching and mechanised agriculture.

Matthew Bowell – Atkins, UK

Matthew Bowell is an Associate Ecologist at Atkins in the UK with over 20 years’ experience as an ecological consultant.  During this period he has worked on a wide variety of development projects, including large and complex infrastructure projects and assessed impacts on sensitive ecological receptors. He has carried out ecological survey, evaluation and assessment, and designed and implemented mitigation.  Matthew is a strong believer that development control, policy and legislation protecting natural resources should be rooted in good science, that assessment of impacts and design of mitigation should be informed by current research and techniques and that there should be a dialogue between academic ecologists and consultant practitioners.

Robin Chazdon – Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, USA

Robin Chazdon is Professor Emerita in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut and part-time Research Professor with the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her long-term and on-going collaborative research focuses on forest regeneration, forest and landscape restoration, drivers of land-use change, and ecosystem services provided by forests. She is the principal consultant of Forestoration International LLC, a consulting group established to support implementation of forest and landscape restoration globally. She served as the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and as Director of the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network PARTNERS (People and Reforestation in the Tropics). She is a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute Global Restoration Initiative and a Senior Research Associate with the International Institute for Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She serves on the advisory boards of the Trillion Trees, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, and the Global Evergreening Alliance.

Sarah Dalrymple – Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Sarah Dalrymple is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Ecology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She is a plant ecologist focusing on threatened species and responses to global threats such as climate change, and on the efficacy of conservation interventions. Sarah has undertaken various practical conservation initiatives including reintroduction and habitat restoration, has reviewed threatened plant translocations, and contributed to policy documents, including co-authoring the IUCN Reintroductions Guidelines (2013) and the Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations (2014). Sarah is currently working across the conservation and forestry sectors to find common approaches to minimise biodiversity loss including opportunities to use translocations as bioassays of environmental change, and explore the use of assisted colonization to avoid species extinctions due to climate change.

Zoe Davies – Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK

Zoe Davies is Professor of Biodiversity Conservation at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include understanding: (i) conservation practice and policy (e.g. conservation planning, implementation, protected are development, effectiveness of conservation interventions); (ii) nature-human wellbeing relationships (e.g. wellbeing benefits derived from experiencing biodiversity, people’s attitudes, perceptions and values associated with biodiversity); and (iii) impacts of environmental change (e.g. habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation, urbanisation, agricultural intensification and expansion). Much of Zoe’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on and integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences.

Rosie Hails – National Trust, UK

Rosemary Hails is the Director of Science and Nature for the National Trust. She was formerly Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). She is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and a member of the Natural Environment Research Council Science Board as well as Council member of the RSPB. She leads the co-ordination team for the Valuing Nature Programme, a £7–million interdisciplinary research programme funded by NERC, ESRC, BBSRC, Defra and AHRC. She is a vice president and member of council for the British Ecological Society (BES) and in 2008 co-founded the Natural Capital Initiative in collaboration with the BES and The Royal Society of Biology. She was a member of the expert panel and an author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and a member of the first Natural Capital Committee. She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000.

Jörg Müller – University Würzburg & Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany

Jorg Müller is a forest ecologist with a special focus on forest biodiversity and conservation. He is interested in ecological concepts in conservation, deadwood ecology and mechanisms affecting species loss along land-use-intensity gradients. Jorg is particularly interested in biodiversity of beech forests and on taxa related to deadwood. He is running a field station at the University of Würzburg and heading the conservation and research department of the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany.

Helen Murphy – CSIRO, Australia

Helen Murphy is a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Land & Water. She has a background in plant ecology and is particularly interested in understanding the drivers of species distributions and the consequences of environmental change for composition, structure and function of ecosystems. Her current research includes field survey, ecological modelling and scientific synthesis centred on management of threats to tropical Australian ecosystems and biodiversity. Helen also collaborates widely across domains spanning natural resource management, biosecurity, sustainable development and climate change.

Hugh Possingham – The Nature Conservancy, Australia & USA

Hugh Possingham is a world-renowned scientist with a highly distinguished career during which he has published over 610 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 135 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. He co-developed the conservation planning Marxan software used in more than 180 countries for designing nature reserves and zoning plans, which is considered one of the most significant contributions to conservation biology. He has been instrumental in policy reforms that created marine reserve systems in Australia (over 2 million square km) and around the world; reduced land clearing to save millions of hectares of forest and woodland; and used return-on-investment analyses to transform how governments allocate funds for conservation.

Namrata Shrestha – Toronto and Region Conservation Authority & University of Toronto, Canada

Namrata Shrestha is a Senior Research Scientist, Ecology at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Environment, University of Toronto. She leads the Regional Ecosystem Science Program in the Research and Knowledge Management group at TRCA. Her work mainly focuses on developing and implementing regional level strategies that allows for urban ecosystem conservation and management. She has led numerous projects focusing on natural heritage system, green infrastructure, wildlife movements, and other related plans and programs in the Toronto and region. In addition, she is active in fostering research collaborations and applied research so as to provide science based guidance to policy, planning, and practice of ecosystem management to TRCA and its municipal partners.

Bill Sutherland – University of Cambridge, UK

Bill Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research area is Population and Community Ecology, and he also has wide interests in conservation biology. He is especially interested in predicting the impacts of environmental change, particularly on bird populations. Some of this work combines field data and models while other work is purely based on field work. While much of his work has been in the UK, he has been involved in many projects elsewhere in the world. Another major theme is using evidence-based conservation to collate experience of the effectiveness of interventions (he initiated and runs and then use this evidence to advise practice. He hopes that this will eventually revolutionise global conservation practice.