We specialise in using cutting edge science to understanding complex social and ecological systems.
We work with a broad range of practitioners, primarily in the conservation sector, to help them identify, understand and overcome the barriers that they face.
To achieve this, we collaborate closely with leading scientists and experts from the NGO, academic, private and public sectors to translate their specialist knowledge into clear, practical recommendations.
Sam has more than a decade of experience in biodiversity conservation. He specialises in biodiversity and ecosystem policy and governance, and has published on conservation planning, social research and no net loss. Sam established a technical background through his Biology undergraduate and Conservation Science MSc. He developed his skills working with a range of governments and NGO’s in a range of countries, many in Africa, where he led teams in multiple languages to deliver many large scale grants. In 2018, he completed his PhD on the realities of environmental decision making and the implementation of conservation planning.
DR SAMUEL SINCLAIR
DR MICHAEL BURGASS
Mike has eight years’ experience in conservation science for the private sector, academia and NGOs. Starting out in the field working on a variety of projects in Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Saudi Arabia, Mike has increasingly specialised in monitoring and managing biodiversity at large scales. He is actively involved in initiatives to better link scientific practice to biodiversity indicators in the corporate sector as well as how to build biodiversity and nature in to corporate accounting. He has widespread experience of project management, field survey design and management, report writing, environmental audit, ESIA and policy and governance review for a wide range of high-profile clients.
Cecilia has a wide variety of experience working in conservation, including teaching, NGO and consultancy jobs. During the past years she has developed highly technical skills in researching the intersection between the dynamic nature of systems and spatial conservation planning. Her work lies in the intersection between predictive science, resource allocation and national policies, with the main objective of planning for sustainable landscapes at regional and large scales.
DR CECILIA LARROSA
Research and Development Lead
DR CECILIA LARROSA
Research and Development Lead
Julia has nine years’ experience in ecological conservation, including academic research, field work, and teaching. Julia specialises in large scale spatial ecology aimed to help inform conservation management, with an interest in determining the spatial overlap of nature and human activities as well as the impact of a changing climate. Julia’s career has allowed her to work around the world for NGOs, the private sector, and academia, with the majority of work conducted in the Mediterranean. During her Masters and doctoral research, Julia developed highly technical skills in mapping and data analysis used to investigate spatial ecology and inform spatial planning.
DR JULIA HAYWOOD
Senior Spatial Planner
Daisy has a keen interest in UK ecology, with a passion for avian conservation. This knowledge has been established through her recent MSc in Environmental Leadership and Management, specialising in Sustainable Ecosystems. The focus of her work was implementing Systematic Conservation Plans within the context of the UK, where her interest in integrating different stakeholder knowledges into conservation plans blossomed. Her Geography BSc and voluntary work with conservation NGOs have given additional foundation to her enthusiasm for environmental conservation. At Biodiversify, Daisy has focused on the fashion industry and has developed Climate and Biodiversity Strategies for the sector
Lindsey brings a background in biology and agroforestry and over 10 years of experience in social science and UK conservation. She is skilled at connecting with a broad range of stakeholders and specialises in finding ways to help people and organisations to collaborate more effectively. She is completing an interdisciplinary PhD which brings collaborative theory from the field of management into the context of conservation to help enable inter-organisational collaboration in practice. She loves to work creatively with people to find practical solutions to complex problems.
DR LINDSEY ELLIOTT
Mirjam is an interdisciplinary conservationist. She specialises in sustainable agriculture, trying to find answers to the question of how we can provide everyone with the food and clothing they need while safeguarding the environment. In her work, Mirjam collaborates with farmers, companies, academics and NGOs. She has used a wide variety of approaches to find answers to her question, ranging from measuring ecosystem services to conducting social network analyses to collaborating on a participatory photography project to doing spatial risk analyses – and is always keen to learn and explore new methods. Mirjam has lived and worked in The Netherlands, England, USA, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and speaks Dutch, English and Tok Pisin fluently.
DR MIRJAM HAZENBOSCH
Thalassa is a conservation scientist and decision analyst with over ten years’ experience working with NGOs, government and in academic research. Her principal interest is how to make more robust, transparent and inclusive decisions. To that end, she specialises in leading diverse stakeholder groups through structure decision making (SDM) processes that integrate scientific evidence with social and cultural values. As a consultant, Thalassa draws on her interdisciplinary expertise to bridge the science-implementation gap and improve biodiversity for the betterment of nature and society.
Dr THALASSA MCMURDO HAMILTON
Holly has a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and, through her industry year, has gained a variety of experience from terrestrial conservation research in Greece, to wildlife rehabilitation in Canada. Her passion for conservation led her to undertake a MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Management, allowing her to apply her ecological knowledge in a more practical way. Hollys current master’s thesis focuses on comparing UK woodland establishment techniques by using LiDAR. Her most recent work experience was working on creating a woodland opportunity map for Sussex, allowing local expert knowledge to be combined to prioritise woodland establishment efforts.
Our work is led and overseen by our directors, and we draw on a wide range of associates to ensure that we have the most relevant expertise for each client.
Because we bring together experts who have dedicated their careers to solving real world problems, we can work with you to help you conceptualise and understand your problems. We then draw on our extensive network of collaborators to bring in the expertise needed to develop innovative, scientifically informed solutions.
Dr Hinsley uses interdisciplinary methods to understand and work with complex social issues. Focusing on the illegal wildlife trade, Dr Hinsley addresses the interactions between consumers, traders, policy makers and enforcement bodies. She has experience working with sensitive topics in a breadth of cultural contexts and is currently working closely with the Chinese Government to assess the size and characteristics of the market for illegal and legal bear bile.
DR AMY HINSLEY
Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of Oxford
Dr Bob Smith’s work as a conservation scientist has mainly focused on identifying priority areas for conservation and designing protected area networks. Much of this work has involved leading long-running projects in Southern Africa and the UK, but Bob has worked on projects in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Dr Smith's research also encompasses a broad range of conservation topics, including understanding spatial patterns of deforestation and human-wildlife conflict. In particular, Bob has published seminal work on the influence of corruption in conservation and the role of marketing in conservation.
Dr Smith is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the Founder of the Izele online conservation social network, on the Editorial Board of the journal Oryx and a member of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission and World Commission on Protected Areas Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas.
PROFESSOR BOB SMITH
Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
The central purpose of Biodiversify is to actively forge a stronger connection between science and practice.
We achieve this by working with a wide selection of colleagues from around the world to develop solutions that draw from both cutting-edge theory and leading practice.
Our specialty is addressing complexity.
Sometimes this can be high level; we are working with The University of Oxford to develop academic theory into the practical foundation of international biodiversity agreements. Alternatively, it can be applied, we have collaborated with the award-winning Dr Hinsley to translate her work on the illegal trade of orchids into actionable steps for international law enforcement.