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University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Promoting collaborative research on biodiversity conservation and its impacts

Studying at Cambridge


Professor Rhys Green

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Principal Rearch Biologist at the RSPB

Departments and Institutes


Key Publications

Clarke, R. T., Liley, D., Sharp, J. M., & Green, R. E. (2013). Building development and roads: implications for the distribution of stone curlews across the Brecks.. PLoS One, 8(8), e72984. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072984
Anderson, G. Q. A., & Green, R. E. (2009). The value of ringing for bird conservation. Ringing and Migration, 24(3), 205-212.
Green, R. E., & Tyler, G. A. (2005). Estimating the age of Corncrake Crex crex chicks from body weight and the development of primary feathers. Ringing and Migration, 22(3), 139-144.
Béchet, A., Germain, C., Sandoz, A., Hirons, G. J. M., Green, R. E., Walmsley, J. G., . . . Johnson, A. R. (2009). Assessment of the impacts of hydrological fluctuations and salt pans abandonment on Greater flamingos in the Camargue, South of France. Biodiversity and Conservation, 18(6), 1575-1588.
Pain, D. J., Bowden, C. G. R., Cunningham, A. A., Cuthbert, R., Das, D., Gilbert, M., . . . Green, R. E. (2008). The race to prevent the extinction of South Asian vultures. BIRD CONSERV INT, 18, S30-S48. doi:10.1017/S0959270908000324
Sparks, T. H., Butchart, S. H. M., Balmford, A., Bennun, L., Stanwell-Smith, D., Walpole, M., . . . Green, R. E. (2011). Linked indicator sets for addressing biodiversity loss. ORYX, 45(3), 411-419. doi:10.1017/S003060531100024X
Fisher, B., Turner, R. K., Burgess, N. D., Swetnam, R. D., Green, J., Green, R. E., . . . Balmford, A. (2011). Measuring, modeling and mapping ecosystem services in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. PROG PHYS GEOG, 35(5), 595-611. doi:10.1177/0309133311422968
Gibbons, D. W., Wilson, J. D., & Green, R. E. (2011). Using conservation science to solve conservation problems. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48(3), 505-508.
Scharlemann, J. P. W., Green, R. E., & Balmford, A. (2004). Land-use trends in Endemic Bird Areas: global expansion of agriculture in areas of high conservation value. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL, 10(12), 2046-2051. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2004.00860.x
Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Jenkins, M. (2003). Measuring the changing state of nature. TRENDS ECOL EVOL, 18(7), 326-330.
Craigie, I. D., Baillie, J. E. M., Balmford, A., Carbone, C., Collen, B., Green, R. E., . . . Hutton, J. M. (2010). Large mammal population declines in Africa's protected areas. BIOL CONSERV, 143(9), 2221-2228. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.06.007
Huntley, B., Collingham, Y. C., Green, R. E., Hilton, G. M., Rahbek, C., & Willis, S. G. (2006). Potential impacts of climatic change upon geographical distributions of birds. IBIS, 148, 8-28.
Thomas, C. D., Cameron, A., Green, R. E., Bakkenes, M., Beaumont, L. J., Collingham, Y. C., . . . Williams, S. E. (2004). Extinction risk from climate change.. Nature, 427(6970), 145-148. doi:10.1038/nature02121
Pain, D. J., Green, R. E., Giebetaing, B., Kozulin, A., Poluda, A., Ottosson, U., . . . Hilton, G. M. (2004). Using stable isotopes to investigate migratory connectivity of the globally threatened aquatic warbler Acrocephalus paludicola.. Oecologia, 138(2), 168-174. doi:10.1007/s00442-003-1416-z
Cuthbert, R., Taggart, M. A., Prakash, V., Saini, M., Swarup, D., Upreti, S., . . . Green, R. E. (2011). Effectiveness of action in India to reduce exposure of Gyps vultures to the toxic veterinary drug diclofenac.. PLoS One, 6(5), e19069. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019069
Huntley, B., Collingham, Y. C., Willis, S. G., & Green, R. E. (2008). Potential impacts of climatic change on European breeding birds.. PLoS One, 3(1), e1439. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001439
Balmford, A., Carey, P., Kapos, V., Manica, A., Rodrigues, A. S., Scharlemann, J. P., . . . Green, R. E. (2009). Capturing the many dimensions of threat: comment on Salafsky et al.. Conserv Biol, 23(2), 482-487. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01196.x
Green, R. E. (2008). Assessing the impact of culling on population size in the presence of uncertain density dependence: lessons from a great cormorant population. J APPL ECOL, 45(6), 1683-1688. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01554.x
Jeganathan, P., Green, R. E., Bowden, C. G. R., Norris, K., Pain, D., & Rahmani, A. (2002). Use of tracking strips and automatic cameras for detecting Critically Endangered Jerdon's coursers Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in scrub jungle in Andhra Pradesh, India. ORYX, 36(2), 182-188. doi:10.1017/S003060530200025X
Phalan, B., Onial, M., Balmford, A., & Green, R. E. (2011). Reconciling food production and biodiversity conservation: land sharing and land sparing compared.. Science, 333(6047), 1289-1291. doi:10.1126/science.1208742
Senapathi, D., Vogiatzakis, I. N., Jeganathan, P., Gill, J. A., Green, R. E., Bowden, C. G. R., . . . Norris, K. (2007). Use of remote sensing to measure change in the extent of habitat for the critically endangered Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in India. IBIS, 149(2), 328-337.
Willis, S. G., Collingham, Y. C., Hilton, G., Green, R. E., Rahbeck, C., & Huntley, B. (2007). Will the African Important Bird Areas network remain viable under a changing climate?. OSTRICH, 78(2), 171.
Taylor, E. C., Green, R. E., & Perrins, J. (2007). Stone-curlews Burhinus oedicnemus and recreational disturbance: developing a management tool for access. IBIS, 149, 37-44.
Cuthbert, R. J., Prakash, V., Saini, M., Upreti, S., Swarup, D., Das, A., . . . Taggart, M. (2011). Are conservation actions reducing the threat to India's vulture populations?. CURR SCI INDIA, 101(11), 1480-1484.
Green, R. E., Balmford, A., & Jenkins, M. (2004). Response to Waller and Rooney: nature is changing in more ways than one. TRENDS ECOL EVOL, 19(1), 7. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2003.10.010
Phalan, B., Rodrigues, A. S., Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Ewers, R. M. (2007). Comment on "Resource-conserving agriculture increases yields in developing countries".. Environ Sci Technol, 41(3), 1054-1055. Retrieved from
Knott, J., Gilbert, J., Hoccom, D. G., & Green, R. E. (2010). Implications for wildlife and humans of dietary exposure to lead from fragments of lead rifle bullets in deer shot in the UK.. Sci Total Environ, 409(1), 95-99. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.08.053
Jiguet, F., Gregory, R. D., Devictor, V., Green, R. E., Vorisek, P., Van Strien, A., . . . Couvet, D. (2010). Population trends of European common birds are predicted by characteristics of their climatic niche. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL, 16(2), 497-505. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01963.x
Robinson, R. A., Green, R. E., Baillie, S. R., Peach, W. J., & Thomson, D. L. (2004). Demographic mechanisms of the population decline of the song thrush Turdus philomelos in Britain. J ANIM ECOL, 73(4), 670-682.
Cuthbert, R., Green, R. E., Prakash, V., Saini, M., & Taggart, M. A. (2012). The impact and role of NSAIDs on vulture populations in the Indian subcontinent. In TOXICOLOGY LETTERS Vol. 211 (pp. S31). doi:10.1016/j.toxlet.2012.03.804
Green, R. E. (2010). Timing of breeding, primary moult and duration of maternal care of chicks by adult female Corncrakes Crex crex. Ibis, 152(4), 826-829.
Donaghy, A. M., Green, R. E., & O'Halloran, J. (2011). Timing of autumn migration of young Corncrakes Crex crex. Ibis, 153(2), 425-428.
Green, R. E. (2008). Demographic mechanism of a historical bird population collapse reconstructed using museum specimens.. Proc Biol Sci, 275(1649), 2381-2387. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0473
Green, J. M. H., Burgess, N. D., Green, R. E., Madoffe, S. S., Munishi, P. K. T., Nashanda, E., . . . Balmford, A. (2012). Estimating management costs of protected areas: A novel approach from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Biological Conservation, 150(1), 5-14.
Green, R. E., Taggart, M. A., Senacha, K. R., Raghavan, B., Pain, D. J., Jhala, Y., . . . Cuthbert, R. (2007). Rate of decline of the Oriental white-backed vulture population in India estimated from a survey of diclofenac residues in carcasses of ungulates.. PLoS One, 2(8), e686. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000686
Ewers, R. M., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Balmford, A., & Green, R. E. (2009). Do increases in agricultural yield spare land for nature?. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL, 15(7), 1716-1726. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01849.x
Wright, L. J., Hoblyn, R. A., Green, R. E., Bowden, C. G., Mallord, J. W., Sutherland, W. J., . . . Dolman, P. M. (2009). Importance of climatic and environmental change in the demography of a multi-brooded passerine, the woodlark Lullula arborea.. J Anim Ecol, 78(6), 1191-1202. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2009.01582.x
Charman, T. G., Sears, J., Green, R. E., & Bourke, A. F. (2010). Conservation genetics, foraging distance and nest density of the scarce Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus).. Mol Ecol, 19(13), 2661-2674. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04697.x
Scharlemann, J. P. W., Balmford, A., & Green, R. E. (2005). The level of threat to restricted-range bird species can be predicted from mapped data on land use and human population. BIOL CONSERV, 123(3), 317-326. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2004.11.019
Prescott, G. W., Williams, D. R., Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Manica, A. (2012). Reply to Lima-Ribeiro et al.: Human arrival scenarios have little influence on interpretations of late Quaternary extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(37).
Jenkins, M., Green, R. E., & Madden, J. (2003). The challenge of measuring global change in wild nature: Are things getting better or worse?. CONSERV BIOL, 17(1), 20-23.
Prescott, G. W., Williams, D. R., Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Manica, A. (2012). Quantitative global analysis of the role of climate and people in explaining late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(12), 4527-4531. doi:10.1073/pnas.1113875109
Balmford, A., Fisher, B., Green, R. E., Naidoo, R., Strassburg, B., Turner, R. K., . . . Rodrigues, A. S. L. (2011). Bringing Ecosystem Services into the Real World: An Operational Framework for Assessing the Economic Consequences of Losing Wild Nature. ENVIRON RESOUR ECON, 48(2), 161-175. doi:10.1007/s10640-010-9413-2
Cuthbert, R., Pain, D. J., Green, R. E., Swan, G., & Swarup, D. (2007). Comparative toxicity studies of NSAIDs in birds: A criticism of Reddy et al.. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol, 23(2), 254-255. doi:10.1016/j.etap.2006.10.001
Green, R. E., Hunt, W. G., Parish, C. N., & Newton, I. (2008). Effectiveness of action to reduce exposure of free-ranging California condors in Arizona and Utah to lead from spent ammunition.. PLoS One, 3(12), e4022. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004022
Jeganathan, P., Green, R. E., Norris, K., Vogiatzakis, I. N., Bartsch, A., Wotton, S. R., . . . Rahmani, A. R. (2004). Modelling habitat selection and distribution of the critically endangered Jerdon's courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in scrub jungle: an application of a new tracking method. J APPL ECOL, 41(2), 224-237.
Fisher, B., Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Trevelyan, R. (2009). Conservation science training: the need for an extra dimension. ORYX, 43(3), 361-363. doi:10.1017/S0030605309990263
Cuthbert, R., Parry-Jones, J., Green, R. E., & Pain, D. J. (2007). NSAIDs and scavenging birds: potential impacts beyond Asia's critically endangered vultures.. Biol Lett, 3(1), 90-93. Retrieved from
Phalan, B., Balmford, A., & Green, R. E. (2012). Agriculture as a key element for conservation: Reasons for caution. Conservation Letters, 5(4), 323-324.
Taggart, M. A., Senacha, K. R., Green, R. E., Cuthbert, R., Jhala, Y. V., Meharg, A. A., . . . Pain, D. J. (2009). Analysis of nine NSAIDs in ungulate tissues available to critically endangered vultures in India.. Environ Sci Technol, 43(12), 4561-4566. Retrieved from
Pain, D. J., Cromie, R. L., Newth, J., Brown, M. J., Crutcher, E., Hardman, P., . . . Green, R. E. (2010). Potential hazard to human health from exposure to fragments of lead bullets and shot in the tissues of game animals.. PLoS One, 5(4), e10315. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010315
Swan, G. E., Cuthbert, R., Quevedo, M., Green, R. E., Pain, D. J., Bartels, P., . . . Wolter, K. (2006). Toxicity of diclofenac to Gyps vultures.. Biol Lett, 2(2), 279-282. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2005.0425
Prakash, V., Bishwakarma, M. C., Chaudhary, A., Cuthbert, R., Dave, R., Kulkarni, M., . . . Green, R. E. (2012). The population decline of Gyps vultures in India and Nepal has slowed since veterinary use of diclofenac was banned.. PLoS One, 7(11), e49118. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049118
Phalan, B., Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Scharlemann, J. P. W. (2011). Minimising the harm to biodiversity of producing more food globally. FOOD POLICY, 36, S62-S71. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2010.11.008
Sutherland, W. J., Bailey, M. J., Bainbridge, I. P., Brereton, T., Dick, J. T. A., Drewitt, J., . . . Woodroof, H. J. (2008). Future novel threats and opportunities facing UK biodiversity identified by horizon scanning. J APPL ECOL, 45(3), 821-833. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01474.x
Phalan, B., Onial, M., Balmford, A., & Green, R. E. (2011). Conservation: Model Management Intensity Response. SCIENCE, 334(6056), 594-595.
Green, R. E. (2004). A new method for estimating the adult survival rate of the Corncrake Crex crex and comparison with estimates from ring-recovery and ring-recapture data. IBIS, 146(3), 501-508.
Doswald, N., Willis, S. G., Collingham, Y. C., Pain, D. J., Green, R. E., & Huntley, B. (2009). Potential impacts of climatic change on the breeding and non-breeding ranges and migration distance of European Sylvia warblers. J BIOGEOGR, 36(6), 1194-1208. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02086.x
O'Brien, M., Green, R. E., & Wilson, J. (2006). Partial recovery of the population of Corncrakes Crex crex in Britain, 1993-2004. BIRD STUDY, 53, 213-224.
Balmford, A., Green, R. E., & Scharlemann, J. P. W. (2005). Sparing land for nature: exploring the potential impact of changes in agricultural yield on the area needed for crop production. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL, 11(10), 1594-1605. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2005.01035.x
Huntley, B., Green, R. E., Collingham, Y. C., Hill, J. K., Willis, S. G., Bartlein, P. J., . . . Thomas, C. J. (2004). The performance of models relating species geographical distributions to climate is independent of trophic level. ECOL LETT, 7(5), 417-426. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2004.00598.x
Buckland, S. T., Marsden, S. J., & Green, R. E. (2008). Estimating bird abundance: making methods work. BIRD CONSERV INT, 18, S91-S108. doi:10.1017/S0959270908000294
Hulme, M. F., Vickery, J. A., Green, R. E., Phalan, B., Chamberlain, D. E., Pomeroy, D. E., . . . Atkinson, P. W. (2013). Conserving the birds of Uganda's banana-coffee arc: land sparing and land sharing compared.. PLoS One, 8(2), e54597. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054597
Green, R. E., Collingham, Y. C., Willis, S. G., Gregory, R. D., Smith, K. W., & Huntley, B. (2008). Performance of climate envelope models in retrodicting recent changes in bird population size from observed climatic change.. Biol Lett, 4(5), 599-602. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0052
Swan, G., Naidoo, V., Cuthbert, R., Green, R. E., Pain, D. J., Swarup, D., . . . Wolter, K. (2006). Removing the threat of diclofenac to critically endangered Asian vultures.. PLoS Biol, 4(3), e66. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040066
Sachs, J. D., Baillie, J. E., Sutherland, W. J., Armsworth, P. R., Ash, N., Beddington, J., . . . Jones, K. E. (2009). Ecology. Biodiversity conservation and the Millennium Development Goals.. Science, 325(5947), 1502-1503. doi:10.1126/science.1175035
Gregory, R. D., Willis, S. G., Jiguet, F., Vorísek, P., Klvanová, A., van Strien, A., . . . Green, R. E. (2009). An indicator of the impact of climatic change on European bird populations.. PLoS One, 4(3), e4678. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004678
Fisher, B., Turner, K., Zylstra, M., Brouwer, R., de Groot, R., Farber, S., . . . Balmford, A. (2008). Ecosystem services and economic theory: integration for policy-relevant research.. Ecol Appl, 18(8), 2050-2067. Retrieved from