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Dr Ben Collen
Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research
Medewar Building, 2nd floor
Gower Street
  • Reader in Biodiversity
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Ben Collen was previously Head of the Indicators and Assessments Unit at the Zoological Society of London and joined UCL on the 1st April 2013.  He completed a PhD at Imperial College London in 2006 and holds an MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York.  His research interests concern using ecological and evolutionary principles to identify the processes underpinning biodiversity dynamics and their response to a range of drivers.  While at the Zoological Society of London, he led the development of the Living Planet Index with WWF and IUCN sampled approach to Red Listing, was a lead author of the Biodiversity chapter of the United Nations Global Environmental Outlook and developed biodiversity indicators for the Convention on Biological Diversity.  He is an honorary Research Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 

Ben is a handling editor for Conservation Biology, an Editorial Board Member for Nature Scientific Reports, and an Associate Editor for Tropical Conservation Science. 

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I undertake research focussed on understanding how changing environmental pressures result in transformation of fauna over time, addressing how best to monitor biodiversity change, how to understand the nature of winners and losers of those changes, and how to predict future outcomes.  My research is broad, spanning the development of ecological theory, through to applied questions concerning the measurement, prediction, impacts and consequences of pressures on biodiversity.

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