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Prof Georgina Mace
Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)
GEE, Medawar Building
  • Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Georgina Mace DBE FRS is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and was the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)which she led between 2012 and 2018. Her first degree was in Zoology and she has a PhD in evolutionary ecology. Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She led the scientific work behind the criteria used in IUCN’s Red List of threatened species (2000), was responsible for biodiversity elements in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and the methodology used in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011). She contributed to the scoping for the IPBES Global Assessment, and acted as overall Review Editor in 2019. She was President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2013), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2007-2009), Chair of the DIVERSITAS global environmental change program (2011-2014) and was a Council member of the NERC (2011-2018). She was the winner of the 2007 International Cosmos Prize, the 2016 Heineken Prize for Environmental Science and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology. From 2012 to 2018 she was a member of the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee and in 2018 she joined the Adaptation Committee of the UK Climate Change Committee.

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I am interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change with particular reference to policy and decision-making for the natural environment.

Much of my work concerns the measurement of biodiversity loss and its implications, including:

• Measuring biodiversity; what is meant by biodiversity and how does this affect measurements?
• Setting goals and targets for biodiversity conservation
• Biodiversity and ecosystem services – in theory and in the real world.

Recently,as an extension to researching methods for identifying species at high risk of extinction I have been interested in climate change impacts on species and on ecosystem functioning and services.

I am also researching natural capital approaches and the valuation of ecosystem services.

01-AUG-2012 – 31-JUL-2018 Head of the Centre for Biodiversity &Environment Research GEE University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems GEE University College London, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2006 – 31-JUL-2012 Professor of Conservation Science Life Sciences Imperial College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2000 – 31-OCT-2006 Director of Science Institute of Zoology Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1979 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Ecology University of Sussex
1976 BSc Bachelor of Science – Zoology University of Liverpool
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