Our research is highly interdisciplinary, including insights, expertise and methods from biology, ecology, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, land systems science, and policy amongst others.
We work globally, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the coral reefs of the Caribbean, from rainforests to savannahs and beyond. We undertake applied research which addresses the diverse threats facing species and ecosystems worldwide.
Working across disciplines
Our research spans a range of taxa, from African primates to red squirrels, rare British trees to reptiles, epiphytic ferns to insect pollinators, and mangroves to reef fish.
We collect social and ecological data from locations across the globe, undertake laboratory work, and use sophisticated computer modelling to tackle questions at a range of spatial scales, from individual organisms through to global systems. Collaborating with a diversity of universities, conservation organisations, government agencies and local community groups in the UK and around the world, we work across disciplines to inform conservation practice.
We have particular strengths in nature-based solutions to environmental change, the intersection between biodiversity conservation, human behaviour and poverty, impacts of agriculture on biodiversity, rewilding, robust impact evaluation, conservation conflict, and the contribution of ex-situ efforts to conservation goals.
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Find out more about some of our researchers. A full list of staff and students can be found below.
Dr Edwin Pynegar
Edwin is a conservation scientist and practitioner who works on designing and implementing conservation agreement programs and robustly evaluating their effectiveness.
Dr Ewa Krzyszczyk
Ewa is a marine zoologist interested in behaviour and conservation of marine mammals, fish, and a variety of marine ecosystems (reefs, mangroves, seagrass).
Prof Julia PG Jones
Julia is a conservation scientist with particular expertise in evaluating the impact of conservation interventions.
Dr Leejiah Dorward
Leejiah is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist with broad interests in how we can apply social science methods to improve our understanding of how social and ecological systems interact.
Dr Eleanor Warren-Thomas
Eleanor is an inter-disciplinary scientist using tools from ecology, economics and land systems science to support the conservation and restoration of forests and biodiversity.
Prof John Healey
John is a forest ecologist working to achieve the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of forest resources.
Dr Alex Sutton
Alex Sutton is a behavioural and population ecologist interested in understanding how individuals respond to environmental change and how these responses scale up to influence populations and communities.
Dr Elena Cini
Elena Cini is an interdisciplinary scientist with interests in ecology, conservation social science, and agro-environmental research.
Dr Farnon Ellwood
Farnon is a community ecologist specialising in the development of theoretical frameworks that can be used to conserve tropical biodiversity by informing sustainable management practices.
Katie is a conservation scientist using counterfactual methods to study the impact of mining on the forests of Madagascar, and whether efforts to mitigate that impact have worked.
Dr Neal Hockley
Neal is an environmental social scientist interested in environmental justice, conservation, and management of natural resources.
- Mr Robbie Blackhall-Miles (Honorary)
- Dr Caroline Bettridge
- Dr Paul Cross
- Dr Christian Dunn
- Dr Leejiah Dorward
- Dr James Hicks
- Dr Rosie Moorhouse-Gann
- Dr Sophie Wynne-Hones
- Dr Elena Cini
- Dr Farnon Ellwood
- Dr Alexander Georgiev
- Professor John Healey
- Dr Neal Hockley
- Dr Harriet Ibbett
- Professor Julia Patricia Gordon Jones
- Dr Ewa Krzyszczyk
- Dr Amy (Spike) Lewis
- Dr Kirsty MacLeod
- Dr Lars Markesteijn
- Dr Tom Martin
- Dr Tim Pagella
- Prof Andrew Pullin (Emeritus)
- Dr Edwin Pynegar
- Dr Craig Shuttleworth (Honorary)
- Dr Freya St John
- Dr Alex Sutton
- Professor George Turner
- Dr Simon Valle (Honorary)
- Dr Eleanor Warren-Thomas
- Professor Simon Willcock
- Dr Sophie Williams (Honorary)
Find out about current Conservation@Bangor projects by reading our project pages and blogs:
Conservation agreements in the Comoros
Working to design conservation agreements to reduce deforestation in the Comoros that threatens biodiversity and human livelihoods
Conservation and Human Behaviour Research Group (CONHUB)
Understanding human behaviour and decision making in conservation contexts.
The Perfect Invader
Investigating the impact of the invasive Marbled Crayfish on freshwater ecosystems, human health and nutrition in Madagascar.
Zanzibar Red Colobus Project
Studying the behavioural ecology, physiology, and conservation of the endangered and endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii)
Our projects have global reach, using the diverse expertise of Bangor staff, research students, and collaborators.
- Conservation and Human Behaviour Research Group (CONHUB) – Understanding human behaviour and decision making in conservation contexts
- Forests 4 Climate and People
- Investing in agroforestry options for forest restoration in Indonesia
- Marrying community land rights with stakeholder aspirations in Indonesian Borneo
- Understanding unintended consequences of tropical forest restoration for people, carbon, and biodiversity (Fellowship project)
Our research around the world
Conservation@Bangor researchers supervise PhD researchers through the Envision Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
If you are interested in completing postgraduate research (MRes or PhD) with Conservation@Bangor, whether through Envision or an alternative route, please contact individual staff members to discuss.
A selection of recent publications from Conservation@Bangor researchers is listed here, but for all the latest publications, please check individual researcher pages linked above.
- Widespread extinctions of co-diversified primate gut bacterial symbionts from humans. Sanders, J.G., Sprockett, D.D., Li, Y., Mjungu, D., Lonsdorf, E.V., Ndjango, J.B.N., Georgiev, A.V., Hart, J.A., Sanz, C.M., Morgan, D.B. and Peeters, M., 2023. Nature Microbiology, pp.1-12. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-023-01388-w
- Topic sensitivity still affects honest responding, even when specialized questioning techniques are used. Ibbett, H., Dorward, L.J., Kohi, E.M., Jones, J.P., Sankeni, S., Kaduma, J., Mchomvu, J., Mawenya, R. and St. John, F.A., 2023.Conservation Science and Practice, p.e12927. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12927
- Resolving Land Tenure Security Is Essential to Deliver Forest Restoration. Rakotonarivo, O.S., Rakotoarisoa, M., Rajaonarivelo, H.M., Raharijaona, S., Jones, J.P.G., and Hockley, N. 2023.Communications Earth & Environment 4, no. 1, 179. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-023-00847-w.
- Introducing a common taxonomy to support learning from failure in conservation. Dickson, I., Butchart, S.H., Catalano, A., Gibbons, D., Jones, J.P., Lee‐Brooks, K., Oldfield, T., Noble, D., Paterson, S., Roy, S. and Semelin, J., 2023. Conservation Biology, 37(1), p.e13967. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13967
- Credit credibility threatens forests. Balmford, A., Brancalion, P.H., Coomes, D., Filewod, B., Groom, B., Guizar-Couti ño, A., Jones, J.P., Keshav, S., Kontoleon, A., Madhavapeddy, A. and Malhi, Y., 2023. Science, 380(6644), pp.466-467. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.adh3426
- Towards a standardized framework for managing lost species. Martin, T.E., Bennett, G.C., Fairbairn, A. and Mooers, A.O., 2023. Animal Conservation, 26(1), pp.29-30. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12865
- Applied winter biology: Threats, conservation and management of biological resources during winter in cold climate regions. Reeve, C., Robichaud, J. A., Fernandes, T., Bates, A. E., Bramburger, A. J., Brownscombe, J. W., Davy, C. M., Henry, H. A. L., McMeans, B. C., Moise, E. R. D., Sharma, S., Smith, P. A., Studd, E. K., O’Sullivan, A., Sutton, A. O., Templer, P. H., & Cooke, S. J. 2023. Conservation Physiology, 11(1), coad027. https://doi.org/10.1093/conphys/coad027
- Impacts of herbivory by ecological replacements on an island ecosystem. JMoorhouse‐Gann, R.J., Vaughan, I.P., Cole, N.C., Goder, M., Tatayah, V., Jones, C.G., Mike, D., Young, R.P., Bruford, M.W., Rivers, M.C. and Hipperson, H., 2022. ournal of Applied Ecology, 59(9), pp.2245-2261. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14096
- Rewilding—The farmers’ perspective. Perceptions and attitudinal support for rewilding among the English farming community. Mikołajczak, K.M., Jones, N., Sandom, C.J., Wynne‐Jones, S., Beardsall, A., Burgelman, S., Ellam, L. and Wheeler, H.C., 2022. People and Nature, 4(6), pp.1435-1449. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10376
- Impact of landscape configuration and composition on pollinator communities across different European biogeographic regions. Bottero, I., Dominik, C., Schweiger, O., Albrecht, M., Attridge, E., Brown, M.J.F., Cini, E., Costa, C., De la Rúa, P., de Miranda, J.R., Di Prisco, G., Dzul Uuh, D., Hodge, S., Ivarsson, K., Knauer, A.C., Klein, A.-M., Mänd, M., Martínez-López, V., Medrzycki, P., Pereira-Peixoto, H., Potts, S., Raimets, R., Rundlöf, M., Schwarz, J.M., Senapathi, D., Tamburini, G., Talaván, E.T., Stout, J.C., 2023. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2023.1128228
- Small effects of family size on sociality despite strong kin preferences in female bottlenose dolphins. Foroughirad, V., Frère, C.H., Levengood, A.L., Kopps, A.M., Krzyszczyk, E. and Mann, J., 2023. Animal Behaviour, 195, pp.53-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2022.10.011
- Model ensembles of ecosystem services fill global certainty and capacity gaps. Willcock, S., Hooftman, D.A., Neugarten, R.A., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Barredo, J.I., Hickler, T., Kindermann, G., Lewis, A.R., Lindeskog, M., Martínez-López, J. and Bullock, J.M., 2023. Science Advances, 9(14), p.eadf5492. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.adf5492
- Differential effects of vegetation and climate on termite diversity and damage. Wu, D., Seibold, S., Ellwood, M.F. and Chu, C., 2022. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59(12), pp.2922-2935. https://doi-org.bangor.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14282
- The effects of population management on wild ungulates: A systematic map of evidence for UK species. Barton, O., Gresham, A., Healey, J.R., Cordes, L.S. and Shannon, G., 2022. Plos one, 17(6), p.e0267385. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267385
- Gas compressor noise does not influence tree swallow nestling condition or immune response. JMacLeod, K.J., Naugle, L., Brittingham, M.C. and Avery, J.D., 2022. ournal of Zoology, 318(1), pp.1-9. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12997
- Widespread variation in functional trait–vital rate relationships in tropical tree seedlings across a precipitation and soil phosphorus gradient. Browne, L., Markesteijn, L., Manzané‐Pinzón, E., Wright, S.J., Bagchi, R., Engelbrecht, B.M., Jones, F.A. and Comita, L.S., 2023. Functional Ecology, 37(2), pp.248-260. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.1421
- On track to achieve no net loss of forest at Madagascar’s biggest mine. Devenish, K., Desbureaux, S., Willcock, S., & Jones, J. P. G. (2022). Nature Sustainability, 5(6), 498–508. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00850-7