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University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Promoting collaborative research on biodiversity conservation and its impacts

Studying at Cambridge


Protected Areas/Important Areas for Biodiversity

People specializing in this area

Academic Staff (including PostDocs)

Professor Andrew Balmford

My research focuses on the costs and benefits of conservation, how best to reconcile conservation and farming, the reasons why nature is being lost, and examining what works in conservation. I tackle these issues through fieldwork, analyses of large databases, and modeling, and by working wherever possible with colleagues in other disciplines and with conservation practitioners. I co-founded the Cambridge Conservation Forum; am closely involved in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative; and with Rhys GreenRosie Trevelyan and Shireen Green run the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.

Professor David A Coomes
  • Assessing the impact of land-use change on carbon storage and biodiversity using remote-sensing and GIS approaches, with application to the 2010-targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Measuring carbon storage in forests, and developing mechanisms for reducing deforestation in developing countries through carbon trading;
  • Researching the effects of introduced organisms on forest communities and developing control strategies;
  • Using geo-referenced plant-location data and global climate surfaces to understand the effects of climate change on biological diversity and trait evolution.
  • Developing new biological scaling theories, and confirming their significance by statistical analyses of forest inventory data.
  • Parameterising simulation models to examine the responses of forests to environmental change.
Professor Ian Hodge
  • Rural, agricultural and environmental policy
  • Land and property institutions and governance
  • Rural change and development


Professor Nigel Leader-Williams
  • applied ecology and endangered species management
  • law enforcement and illegal use of wildlife
  • sustainable resource use
  • community-based conservation
  • protected area design and management
  • conservation strategy and policy
  • evaluating success in conservation