Conservation Evidence Team

Introduction

The following groups of people are, or have been, actively involved in the work of Conservation Evidence. This does not include the editorial board of the online Conservation Evidence Journal.

Contact us at: info@conservationevidence.com

Team Photo

Core team

  • William Sutherland
    William Sutherland

    Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge, established the idea and site and has been heavily involved since.

  • Rebecca Smith
    Dr Rebecca Smith

    Conservation Evidence Manager, University of Cambridge. With previous useful experience as an ecological consultant and developing management plans for mammals for organisations including CapeNature, she initially worked with us on systematic reviews. Since 2011 she has worked on the Farmland Synopsis, produced the Amphibian Synopsis and has been the key person on many aspects of the work of Conservation Evidence, including What Works in Conservation.

  • Dr Lynn DIcks
    Dr Lynn Dicks

    University of Cambridge. With a useful background in both ecology and journalism, Lynn has played a key role in establishing many of the main methods such as the synopses and What Works in Conservation. She was the lead author of the Bee Synopsis and the Farmland Synopsis. As a researcher, Lynn works to get Conservation Evidence used in policy making, amongst other research areas.

  • Dr Andrew Bladon
    Dr Andrew Bladon

    University of Cambridge, joined the Conservation Evidence team in June 2019 following work with the RSPB. Andrew is working on the terrestrial and freshwater Invertebrates Synopsis.

  • Dr Will Morgan
    Dr Will Morgan

    University of Cambridge, joined the Conservation Evidence team in April 2020. Will is working on the Reptile Synopsis. His PhD included reintroducing watervoles to an area in Scotland.

  • Dr Silviu Petrovan
    Dr Silviu Petrovan

    University of Cambridge, joined the Conservation Evidence team in 2016. Previous roles include Head of Conservation at Froglife and working on captive-breeding and reintroduction projects as a qualified vet. He is now working on updating synopses, assessing evidence for interventions, and the production of What Works in Conservation.

  • Dr Ann Thornton
    Dr Ann Thornton

    University of Cambridge, joined the Conservation Evidence team in August 2019. Ann is Managing Editor of our online Conservation Evidence Journal. Previous experience includes work with JNCC and as an ecological consultant.

  • Kate Willot
    Kate Willott, MSc

    University of Cambridge, with useful editorial experience, joined the Conservation Evidence team in January 2019. She oversees the collation of evidence in our subject-wide literature database along with other work relating to the running of Conservation Evidence.

Team members currently working on specific projects

  • Dr Tatsuya Amano

    University of Queensland (previously University of Cambridge), has been involved in the Conservation Evidence project as a statistical editor. He also runs the translatE project - Transcending Language Barriers to Environmental Sciences - which identifies non-English-language papers that tested the effectiveness of conservation interventions, assesses and compares the scientific knowledge that is available, and aims to understand how language barriers impede the application of science in decision making.

  • Dr Anna Berthinussen

    University of Leeds, is one of two main authors of the Bat Synopsis and has produced the annual Bat Synopsis updates, the Marine Mammal Synopsis and helped to produce the Grassland Synopsis.

  • Dr Sandro Bertolino

    University of Turin, is overseeing the synopsis of the effectiveness of interventions to control selected invasive mammals.

  • Dr Alec Christie

    University of Cambridge (Downing College), joined the Conservation Evidence project as a PhD student in September 2017 and is now an affiliated researcher. In his research fellowship, Alec is working on methods to directly combine and assess different forms of evidence (e.g., the scientific literature and local knowledge) into evidence-based decision-making, as well as investigating the generalisability in the effectiveness of conservation actions. He also develops tools that facilitate evidence-based decision-making and enhance the impact of the Conservation Evidence project, such as the Evidence-to-Decision tool.

  • Dr Ally Evans

    Aberystwyth University, is working on a synopsis of evidence for the effectiveness of biodiversity enhancement on marine artificial structures. 

  • Natasha Taylor

    Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, is working on an additional section of the Marine Fish Synopsis. 

  • Dr Nigel Taylor

    (previously Tour du Valat) produced the Peatland Synopsis and the Marshes and Swamps Synopsis and has worked on a synopsis of the effectiveness of conservation practices for other wetland habitats.

  • Dr Elena Tricarico

    University of Turin, is working on the synopsis of the effectiveness of interventions to control selected invasive mammals.

  • Tom White 

    University of Cambridge, joined the Conservation Evidence project as a PhD student in September 2019. He is investigating the measurement of costs and cost-effectiveness in conservation.

Former team members

  • Dr Har’el Agra

    Israel Institute of Technology, is the lead author of the Forest Synopsis.

  • Dr David Aldridge

    University of Cambridge, is the lead author of the Control of Freshwater Invasive Species Synopsis and coordinated the assessment of chapters for What Works in Conservation.

  • Stephanie Aldridge 

    Director of Cambridge Environmental Consulting, UK and contributed to the Control of Freshwater Invasive Species Synopsis.

  • Khatija Alliji

    Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, is an author of the Marine Fish Synopsis.

  • Professor John Altringham

    University of Leeds, an international expert on bats oversaw the production of the Bat Synopsis and the chapter in What Works in Conservation.

  • Joscelyne Ashpole 

    RSPB (previously University of Cambridge), is an author of the Natural Pest Control Synopsis and edited the Farmland Synopsis before publication.

  • Professor Melanie Austen

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory, oversaw the production of the Sustainable Aquaculture Synopsis.

  • Professor Richard Bardgett

    University of Manchester, oversaw the production of the Soil Fertility Synopsis.

    Chris Barrett

    Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, is an author of the Marine Fish Synopsis.

    Prof. Amos Bouskila

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, contributed to the production of the Reptile Synopsis.

    Andy Bowkett

    Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Paignton Zoo, oversaw the production of the Management of Captive Animals Synopsis.

  • Professor Yohay Carmel

    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, oversaw the production of the Forest Synopsis.

    Dr Min Chen

    East China Normal University, extracted all the papers that tested interventions from 70 conservation and ecology journals up until 2014. She then coordinated the extraction of papers from Chinese language journals.

  • Matt Child

    (previously University of Cambridge) is an author of the Bird Synopsis.

  • Dr Leo Clarke

    School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, is an author of the Marine Fish Synopsis.  

  • Dr Juliana Danhardt

    Lund University, is an author of the Farmland Synopsis.

  • Dr Harriet Downey

    Woodland Trust (previously University of Cambridge), aimed to understand how people use evidence, and worked with conservation practitioners, policy makers and funders to get evidence more widely used to make conservation decision making more impactful and effective.

    Dr Louise Firth

    University of Plymouth, helped to produce the Enhancing the Biodiversity of Marine Artificial Structures Synopsis.

    Dr Patrick Grillas

    Tour du Valat, oversaw the production of the Peatland and Marsh and Swamp Synopses.

  • Dr Amelia Hood

    University of Reading (previously University of Cambridge), worked on a systematic review of scientific evidence for sustainable agriculture (Cassava). 

  • James Hutchison

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee (previously University of Cambridge) played a significant role in the production of the Natural Pest Control Synopsis.

  • Dr Katy James

    Harper Adams University, created the systematic map for the Farmland Synopsis.

  • Aisla Jones

    (previously the University of Bangor) lead author of the Sustainable Aquaculture Synopsis.

    Coral Jones

    Dartmoor Zoo (previously University of Plymouth), is an author of the Management of Captive Animals Synopsis.

  • Annelie Jönsson

    Lund University, wrote summaries for the Farmland Synopsis.

  • Dr Jessica Junker

    (previously Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) is the lead author of the Primate Synopsis.

  • Professor Michel Kaiser

    Heriot Watt University (previously University of Bangor), oversaw the production of the Sustainable Aquaculture Synopsis.

    Rodd Kelsey

    The Nature Conservancy, oversaw the production of the Mediterranean Farmland Synopsis.

  • Dr Georgina Key

    (previously University of Manchester), is the lead author of the Soil Fertility Synopsis. She also coordinated the assessment of the synopsis for the chapter in What Works in Conservation.

    Dr Hjalmar Kühl

    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, is an author of the Primate Synopsis.

  • Dr Anaelle Lemasson

    University of Plymouth (previously Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Paignton Zoo) is the lead author of the Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Synopsis. She then contributed to a systematic map of evidence for the effectiveness of interventions relating to the management of captive animals. 

  • Dr Nick Littlewood

    Scotland's Rural College (previously University of Cambridge), is an author of the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis.

  • Sarah Lockhart

    (previously Duke University) wrote summaries about carnivores for the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis.

  • Doug MacFarlane

    University of Western Australia & University of Cambridge, is investigating the evidence for behaviour-change interventions that aim to reduce consumer demand for harmful products (e.g. cigarettes, alcohol, or stolen goods). This project is motivated by the need to inform efforts to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and bear bile..

  • Dr Philip Martin

    (previously University of Cambridge), worked on synthesising evidence relating to conservation management, including synthesising evidence on the management of invasive plant species as part of the BioRISC project. He also produced the Shrubland and Heathland Synopsis, and worked on the Grassland and the Mammal synopses. He previously worked for NGOs including IUCN, Birdlife and WCMC.

  • Caitlin McCormack

    (previously University of Cambridge) coordinated the assessment of the Natural Pest Control Synopsis and played a role in developing What Works in Conservation.

  • Ros McIntyre

    Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, is an author of the Marine Fish Synopsis. 

  • Dr Angela Mead

    contributed to the Control of Freshwater Invasive Species and Sustainable Aquaculture Synopses.

  • Dr Helen Meredith

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, coordinated the assessment of the Amphibian Synopsis for the chapter in What Works in Conservation.

    Dr Pippa Moore

    University of Newcastle, oversaw the production of the Enhancing the Biodiversity of Marine Artificial Structures Synopsis.

  • Dr Nibedita Mukherjee

    was involved in promoting Conservation Evidence and researching means of making it more widely used.

    Prof. Gidi Ne'eman

    University of Haifa-Oranim, helped to produce the Forest Synopsis.

  • Dr Nancy Ockendon 

    (previously University of Cambridge), participated in many aspects of the projects and played a key role in the creation of What Works in Conservation. Nancy was Managing Editor of the journal Conservation Evidence, and contributed towards the Grassland Synopsis.

  • Lisa Orth

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, wrote summaries for the Primate Synopsis.

  • Dr Laura Pettit

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee, is an author of the Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Synopsis.

  • Professor Stuart Pimm

    Duke University, was involved in overseeing and organising the carnivore work for the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis.

  • Dr Rob Pople

    (previously University of Cambridge, Birdlife International) started the Bird Synopsis.

  • Dr Stephanie Prior

    (previously University of Cambridge) extracted all the papers that tested interventions from the main conservation and ecology journals up until 2012. 

  • Dr Nicola Randall

    Harper Adams University, created the systematic map for the Farmland Synopsis.

  • Olivia Richardson

    (previously University of Leeds) is one of two main authors of the Bat Synopsis.

  • Rebecca J. Robertson

    University of Leeds, summarised evidence for the Mediterranean Farmland Synopsis, conducted literature searches and then as administrator oversaw the collation of evidence in our subject-wide literature database along with other work relating to the running of Conservation Evidence.

  • Dr Ricardo Rocha

    (previously University of Cambridge) summarized evidence relating to the control of aquatic invasive plants and worked on the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis. 

  • Dr Guy Rotem

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is an author of the Reptile Synopsis.

  • Helen Scales

    is an aquatic ecologist, author and researcher for Cambridge Environmental Consulting, UK and contributed to the Control of Freshwater Invasive Species Synopsis.

  • Dr Katie Sainsbury

    (previously University of Cambridge) is an author of the Reptile Synopsis and Terrestrial Mammals Synopsis. 

  • Rebecca Schoonover

    (previously Duke University) wrote summaries about carnivores for the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis.

  • Dr Gorm Shackelford

    (previously University of Cambridge) produced the synopsis on Sustainable Agriculture in California and other Mediterranean climates. He also worked on developing a new website for evidence synthesis and meta-analysis (www.metadataset.com) in collaboration with Conservation Evidence and BioRISC (the Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine’s, www.biorisc.com). This new website focuses on evidence for the effects of management practices on crops and invasive plants.

  • David Showler

    (previously University of East Anglia) was involved with Conservation Evidence from the start until 2008. He is now an ecological consultant.

    Lydia Timbrell

    (previously University of Plymouth) is an author of the Management of Captive Animals Synopsis.

  • Susan Turpie

    Natural Heritage Management Team, Scottish Government, is an author of the Farmland Synopsis. 

  • Dr Elizabeth Tyler

    conducted literature searches and as administrator oversaw the collation of evidence in our subject-wide literature database along with other work relating to the running of Conservation Evidence.

  • Dr Jessica Walsh

    Simon Fraser University, Canada, was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge who studied how evidence is used in practice, helped teach the Conservation Evidence training course, conducted the preliminary assessment of the Bird Synopsis, and has provided useful advice on implementing evidence-based practice.

  • Dr Maggie Watson

    Charles Sturt University, is an author of the Reptile Synopsis.

  • Dr Mike Whitfield

    University of Lancaster, helped to develop the Soil Fertility Synopsis.

  • Dr Dave Williams

    University of Leeds (previously University of Cambridge), wrote the majority of the Bird Synopsis and brought it to completion. 

  • Elspeth Wilman

    (previously Duke University) wrote summaries about carnivores for the Terrestrial Mammal Synopsis.

  • Dr Claire Wordley

    (previously University of Cambridge) worked to spread the word about Conservation Evidence and increase its use. 

  • Dr Hugh Wright

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee (previously University of Cambridge), was the lead author of the Natural Pest Control Synopsis. 

    Fey Young

    (previously University of Plymouth) is an author of the Management of Captive Animals Synopsis.

  • Dr Alexandra Zieritz

    University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, Malaysia, contributed to the Control of Freshwater Invasive Species Synopsis.

  • Dr Erasmus zu Ermgassen

    (previously University of Cambridge) volunteered by writing summaries for the Bird Synopsis.

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What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation provides expert assessments of the effectiveness of actions, based on summarised evidence, in synopses. Subjects covered so far include amphibians, birds, mammals, forests, peatland and control of freshwater invasive species. More are in progress.

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