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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

Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realising Full Potential

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. After four years compiling and analyzing data on site management and fish populations in 589 MPAs around the world, Dr. David Gill and co-authors, including Dr Sarah Whitmee from CBER, discovered that shortfalls in staffing and funding are hindering the recovery of MPA fish populations. While fish populations grew in 71 percent of MPAs studied, the level of recovery of fish was strongly linked to the management of the sites. At MPAs with sufficient staffing, increases in fish populations were nearly three times greater than those without adequate personnel. Despite the critical role of local management capacity, however, only 35 percent of MPAs reported acceptable funding levels and only 9 percent reported adequate staff to manage the MPA.

Published: Mar 27, 2017 11:37:31 AM

£5m funding to investigate sustainable and healthy food systems

CBER scientists Georgina Mace, Ben Collen, Richard Pearson and Carole Dalin have been awarded a grant by the Wellcome Trust to evaluate sustainable food systems, healthy diets and the impact of environmental and population changes on food production, as part of a major new international collaborative project led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Published: Jan 26, 2017 4:00:27 PM