Cal Maney (he/him)
I joined this network because I wanted to help create a space for LGBTQIA+ ecologists to support one another, communicate, and be visible within our field.
I’m Cal Maney. I’m a project researcher working for UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, and I’m also studying for a PhD at Wageningen University. I started working in ecology and conservation in 2018 after my bachelor’s degree, and since then have worked on lots of different projects surrounding global conservation, policy, data science, and (my favourite) biodiversity modelling.
My work today is focused on agricultural commodities like cocoa and coffee, and how their production both impacts biodiversity and can depend on it. I’m working with partners in Wageningen and across West Africa to get a grip on what drives biodiversity and ecosystem services in cocoa landscapes, and one day I hope to translate this to meaningful guidance for maximising benefits to biodiversity and livelihoods.
I joined this network because I wanted to help create a space for LGBTQIA+ ecologists to support one another, communicate, and be visible within our field. There are unique challenges and opportunities to being queer in ecology, and I hope to help this network address these as best I can as a Membership Officer.