Professor A.S. Pullin - Staff Profile

Prof Pullin

Professor Andrew Pullin
Professor in Evidence-based Conservation

Thoday Building, room G1


Tel: 01248 382444 (from U.K.)
+44 1248 382444 (International)


Responsibilities within SENRGY/BU

  • Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation
  • Member of the Research Committee

Research Interests

My research seeks to improve effectiveness environmental management interventions by providing objective scientific evidence for the development of both policy and practice. Through collaboration and funding from UK Government Agencies I established a Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC, in 2003 with the goal of supporting decision making in environmental management through the production and dissemination of systematic reviews and evidence synthesis on the effectiveness of management and policy interventions. With support from a wide range of colleagues, organizations in the environmental and academic sectors I established the ‘Collaboration for Environmental Evidence’ (, which is co-ordinated through the CEBC and other centres, and now acts as both a source of evidence and coordinator of a fast-growing collaborative network undertaking evidence synthesis and providing evidence to inform decision making.


Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation
Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
Society for Conservation Biology

External Positions



  • Editor, Biological Conservation. Elsevier
  • Editor in Chief, Environmental Evidence. BioMed Central


Governance of Conservation/Charitable Organisations

  • Vice-President of British Ecological Society
  • Chair of Membership Services Committee, BES
  • Chair of Trustees of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
  • Executive Committee of MISTRA Centre for Evidence-Based Environmental Management – Royal Academy of Sciences, Sweden.


Research Funding Bodies

  • BiodivERsA Evaluation Committee

Recent Publications

Aiassa, E. Higgins, J.P.T. Frampton, G.K. Greiner, M. Afonso, A. Amzal, B. Deeks, J. Dorne, J.-L. Glanville, J. Lövei, G. L. Nienstedt, K. O'Connor, A.M. Pullin, A.S. Rajić, A. & Verloo. D. (2015) Applicability and Feasibility of Systematic Review for Performing Evidence-Based Risk Assessment in Food and Feed Safety. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 55, 1026-1034. DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2013.769933

Neaves, L.E. Eales, J. Whitlock, R. Hollingsworth, P.M., Burke, T. & Pullin, A.S. (2015) The fitness consequences of inbreeding in natural populations and their implications for species conservation – a systematic map. Environmental Evidence 4, 5.

Sciberras, M., Jenkins, S.R., Mant, R., Kaiser, M.J., Hawkins, S.J. & Pullin, A.S. (2015) Evaluating the relative conservation value of fully and partially protected marine areas. Fish & Fisheries 16, 58–77 DOI: 10.1111/faf.12044.

Ziegler, C.R. Webb, J.A. Norton, S.B. Pullin, A.S. & Melcher, A.H. (2015) Digital repository of associations between environmental variables: a new resource to facilitate knowledge synthesis. Ecological Indicators 53, 61-69.

Haddaway, N.R., Burden, A., Evans, C.D., Healey, J.R., Jones, D.L. Dalrymple, S.E. & Pullin, A.S. (2014) Evaluating effects of land management on greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances in boreo-temperate lowland peatland systems. Environmental Evidence 3:5

Haddaway, N.R. & Pullin, A.S. (2014) The Policy Role of Systematic Reviews: Past, Present and Future. Springer Science Reviews 2:179–183. DOI 10.1007/s40362-014-0023-1

Mascia, M.B., Pailler, S., Thieme, M.L., Rowe, A., Bottrill, M.C., Danielsen, F., Geldmann, J., Naidoo, R., Pullin, A.S. and Burgess, N.D. (2014) Commonalities and complementarities among approaches to conservation monitoring and evaluation. Biological Conservation 169, 258-267.

Woodcock, P., Pullin, A.S. & Kaiser, M.J. (2014) Evaluating and improving the reliability of evidence syntheses in conservation and environmental science: A methodology. Biological Conservation 176, 54-62.

Mant, R.C., Jones, D.L., Reynolds, B., Ormerod, S.J. & Pullin, A.S. (2013) A systematic review of the effectiveness of liming to mitigate impacts of river acidification on fish and macro-invertebrates. Environmental Pollution 179, 285-293.

Pullin, A.S., Bangpan, M., Dalrymple, S.E., Dickson, K., Haddaway, N.R., Healey, J.R., Hauari, H., Hockley, N., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T.M., Vigurs, C. and Oliver, S. (2013) Human Well-Being Impacts of Terrestrial Protected Areas. Environmental Evidence 2:19.


Sciberras, M., Jenkins, S.R., Kaiser, M.J., Hawkins, S.J. & Pullin, A.S. (2013). Evaluating the biological effectiveness of fully and partially protected marine areas. Environmental Evidence 2:4

Whitlock, R., Stewart, G.B., Goodman, S.J., Piertney, S.B., Butlin, R.K., Pullin, A.S. and Burke, T.(2013) A systematic review of phenotypic responses to between-population outbreeding. Environmental Evidence 2:13.

Pullin, A.S. & Knight, T.M. (2012). Science informing policy – a health warning for the environment. Environmental Evidence 2012 1:15.

Eycott, A.E., Stewart, G.B., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Bowler, D.E., Watts, K. & Pullin, A.S. (2012). A meta-analysis on the impact of different matrix structures on species movement rates. Landscape Ecology 27, 1263-1278.

Pullin, A.S. (2012) Realising the potential of environmental data: a call for systematic review and evidence synthesis in environmental management. Environmental Evidence 1: 2.

Bowler, D.E., Mant, R., Orr, H., Hannah, D.M. & Pullin, A.S. (2012) What are the effects of wooded riparian zones on stream temperature? Environmental Evidence 1: 3.

Sutherland, W.J., Bellingan, L., Bellingham, J.R., Blackstock, J.J., Bloomfield, R.M., Bravo, M., Cadman, V.M., Cleevely, D.D., Clements, A., Cohen, A.S., Cope, D.R., Daemmrich, A.A., Devecchi, C., Anadon, L.D., Denegri, S., Doubleday, R., Dusic, N.R., Evans, R.J., Feng, W.Y., Godfray, H.C.J., Harris, P., Hartley, S.E., Hester, A.J., Holmes, J., Hughes, A., Hulme, M., Irwin, C., Jennings, R.C., Kass, G.S., Littlejohns, P., Marteau, T.M., McKee, G., Millstone, E.P., Nuttall, W.J., Owens, S., Parker, M.M., Pearson, S., Petts, J., Ploszek, R., Pullin, A.S., Reid, G., Richards, K.S., Robinson, J.G., Shaxson, L., Sierra, L., Smith, B.G., Spiegelhalter, D.J., Stilgoe, J., Stirling, A., Tyler, C.P., Winickoff, D.E. and Zimmern, R.L. (2012) A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda. PLoSONE 7(3): e31824. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031824

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Healey, J.R., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T.M. and Pullin, A.S. (2012) Does community forest management provide global environmental benefit and improve local welfare? . Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 29-36.

Jones, J.P.G., Collen, B., Baxter, P., Bubb, P., Illian, J., Katzner, T., Keane, A., Loh, J., Macdonald-Madden, E., Nicholson, E., Possingham, H., Pereira, H.M., Pullin, A., Ruiz-Gutierrez, V., Rodrigues, A., Sommerville, M. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2011) The why, what and how of global biodiversity indicators beyond 2010. Conservation Biology 25: 450-457.

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Healey, J.R., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T. and Pullin, A.S. (2010) The evidence base for community forest management as a mechanism for supplying global environmental benefits and improving local welfare. Environmental Evidence

Bussell, J., Jones, D.L., Healey, J.R. and Pullin, A.S. (2010) How do draining and re-wetting affect carbon stores and greenhouse gas fluxes in peat soils? Environmental Evidence

Smith, R., Pullin, A., Stewart, G. and Sutherland, W. (2010) Effectiveness of predator removal for enhancing bird populations. Conservation Biology 24: 820-829.

Newton, A.C., Stewart, G.B., Myers, G., Diaz, A., Lake, S., Bullock, J.M. and Pullin, A.S. (2009) Impacts of grazing on lowland heathland in north-west Europe. Biological Conservation 142: 935-947.

Pullin, A.S., Baldi, A., Can, O.E., Dieterich, M., Kati, V., Livoreil, B., Lovei, G., Mihok, B., Nevin, O., Selva, N. and Sousa-Pinto, I. (2009) Conservation focus on Europe: major conservation policy issues that need to be informed by conservation science. Conservation Biology 23: 818-824.

Pullin, A.S. and Knight, T.M. (2009) Doing more good than harm: building an evidence-base for conservation and environmental management. Biological Conservation 142: 931-934.

Pullin, A.S., Knight, T.M. and Watkinson, A.R. (2009) Linking reductionist science and holistic policy using systematic reviews: unpacking environmental policy questions to construct an evidence-based framework. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 970-975.

Stewart, G.B., Bayliss, H.R., Showler, D.A., Sutherland, W.J. and Pullin, A.S. (2009) Effectiveness of engineered in-stream structure mitigation measures to increase salmonid abundance: a systematic review. Ecological Applications 19: 931-941.

Sutherland, W.J., Adams, W.M., Aronson, R.B., Aveling, R., Blackburn, T.M., Broad, S., Ceballos, G., Cote, I.M., Cowling, R.M., Da Fonseca, G.A.B., Dinerstein, E., Ferraro, P.J., Fleishman, E., Gascon, C., Hunter, M., Hutton, J., Kareiva, P., Kuria, A., MacDonald, D.W., MacKinnon, K., Madgwick, F.J., Mascia, M.B., McNeely, J., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Moon, S., Morley, C.G., Nelson, S., Osborn, D., Pai, M., Parsons, E.C.M., Peck, L.S., Possingham, H., Prior, S.V., Pullin, A.S., Rands, M.R.W., Ranganathan, J., Redford, K.H., Rodriguez, J.P., Seymour, F., Sobel, J., Sodhi, N.S., Stott, A., Vance-Borland, K. and Watkinson, A.R. (2009) One hundred questions of importance to the conservation of global biological diversity. Conservation Biology 23: 557-567.

Zografou, K., Sfenthourakis, S., Pullin, A. and Kati, V. (2009) On the surrogate value of red-listed butterflies for butterflies and grasshoppers: a case study in Grammos site of Natura 2000, Greece. Journal of Insect Conservation 13: 505-514.

Bussell, J.A., Jones, D., Healey, J. and Pullin, A.S. (2008) How do draining and re-wetting affect carbon stores and greenhouse gas fluxes in peat soils? Moors for the Future Annual Meeting: Living Upland Landscapes, Loosehill Hall, Peak District.

Davies, Z.G., Tyler, C., Stewart, G.B. and Pullin, A.S. (2008) Are current management recommendations for saproxylic invertebrates effective? A systematic review. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 209-234.

Kumar, V.M.S., Taylor, E.W., Pullin, A.S. and Abe, A.S. (2008) Genetic diversity of reptiles: a case study. KP Publishers, Coventry, UK

Martínez-Abraín, A., Crespo, J., Jiménez, J., Pullin, A.S., Stewart, G.B. and Oro, D. (2008) Friend or foe: societal shifts from intense persecution to active conservation of top predators. Ardeola 55: 111-119.

Roberts, P.D. and Pullin, A.S. (2008) The effectiveness of management interventions for the control of Spartina species: a systematic review and data analysis. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18: 592-618.

Stewart, G.B., Cox, E.S., Le Duc, M.G., Pakeman, R.J., Pullin, A.S. and Marrs, R.H. (2008) Control of Pteridium aquilinum: meta-analysis of a multi-site study in the UK. Annals of Botany 101: 957-970.

Stewart, G.B. and Pullin, A.S. (2008) The relative importance of grazing stock type and grazing intensity for conservation of mesotropic 'old meadow' pasture. Journal for Nature Conservation 16: 175-185.

Sutherland, W.J., Bailey, M.J., Bainbridge, I.P., Brereton, T., Dick, J.T.A., Drewitt, J., Dulvy, N.K., Dusic, N.R., Freckleton, R.P., Gaston, K.J., Gilder, P.M., Green, R.E., Heathwaite, L., Johnson, S.M., Macdonald, D.W., Mitchell, R., Osborn, D., Owen, R.P., Pretty, J., Prior, S.V., Prosser, H., Pullin, A.S., Rose, P., Stott, A., Tew, T., Thomas, C.D., Thompson, D.B.A., Vickery, J.A., Walker, M., Walmsley, C., Warrington, S., Watkinson, A.R., Williams, R.J., Woodroffe, R. and Woodroof, H.J. (2008) Future novel threats and opportunities facing UK biodiversity identified by horizon scanning. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 821-833.

Davies, Z.G. and Pullin, A.S. (2007) Are hedgerows effective corridors between fragments of woodland habitat? An evidence-based approach. Landscape Ecology 22: 333-351.

Newton, A., Stewart, G.B., Diaz, A., Golicher, D. and Pullin, A.S. (2007) Bayesian belief networks as a tool for evidence-based conservation management. Journal of Nature Conservation 15: 144-160.

Roberts, P.D. and Pullin, A.S. (2007) The effectiveness of management interventions used to control ragwort species. Environmental Management 39: 691-706.

Stewart, G.B., Pullin, A.S. and Coles, C.F. (2007) Poor evidence-base for assessment of windfarm impacts on birds. Environmental Conservation 34: 1-11.

Stewart, G.B., Pullin, A.S. and Tyler, C. (2007) The effectiveness of asulam for bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) control in the UK: a meta-analysis. Environmental Management 40: 747-760.

Pullin, A.S. and Stewart, G.B. (2006) Guidelines for systematic review in conservation and environmental management. Conservation Biology 20: 1647-1656.

Roberts, P.D., Stewart, G.B. and Pullin, A.S. (2006) Are review articles a reliable source of evidence to support conservation and environmental management? A comparison with medicine. Biological Conservation 132: 409-423.

Sutherland, W.J., Armstrong-Brown, S., Armsworth, P.R., Brereton, T., Brickland, J., Campbell, C.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Cooke, A.I., Dulvy, N.K., Dusic, N.R., Fitton, M., Freckleton, R.P., Godfray, H.C.J., Grout, N., Harvey, H.J., Hedley, C., Hopkins, J.J., Kift, N.B., Kirby, J., Kunin, W.E., Macdonald, D.W., Marker, B., Naura, M., Neale, A.R., Oliver, T., Osborn, D., Pullin, A.S., Shardlow, M.E.A., Showler, D.A., Smith, P.L., Smithers, R.J., Solandt, J.L., Spencer, J., Spray, C.J., Thomas, C.D., Thompson, J., Webb, S.E., Yalden, D.W. and Watkinson, A.R. (2006) The identification of 100 ecological questions of high policy relevance in the UK. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 617-627.

Tyler, C., Pullin, A.S. and Stewart, G.B. (2006) Effectiveness of management interventions to control invasion by Rhododendron ponticum. Environmental Management 37: 513-522.