Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research


Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)

CBER is an interdisciplinary centre within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Staff and students in the centre undertake research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental change, and are actively engaged in communicating new research and relating findings to policy.

Sapo National Park Liberia by Ben Collen

CBER offers training opportunities, including hosting postdoctoral fellows and supervising research students through the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership and MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation.

CBER News and Events

Mapping movements of alien bird species

The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

Published: Jan 13, 2017 12:07:32 PM

Gotta Conserve 'em All

CBER PhD Student Fiona Spooner discusses how the release of Pokemon Go can have an effect on conservation, and what can be learnt from the popular game.

Published: Dec 8, 2016 11:51:57 AM

Research Image as Art

When taking pictures photographers try to capture the best angle, the perfect composition, and the ideal light. It is almost as if they were building the image themselves and the result, as we know, can be really impressive. On the other hand, when setting up automatic cameras to record wildlife none of the photographer’s concerns are high in my list of priorities; I’m simply aiming to obtain records of animals. These photographic records are the data I use in my research, and with them I can test hypothesis and describe patterns about the ecology of elusive species. In my PhD, for example, I’m using data from automatic cameras to investigate the effectiveness of parks and natural reserves in protecting large mammals in the Brazilian Cerrado. So, a blurred photo featuring only part of a maned wolf’s body or a distant and dull armadillo almost out of the frame is all I need to identify the species and have the much-needed data for analysis.

Published: Dec 6, 2016 4:39:04 PM