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

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.
The story is also featured on BBC News website and BBC Radio.

Published: Jun 30, 2017 10:12:09 AM

Linking the influence and dependence of people on biodiversity across scales

There was a special ‘Insight’ section in Nature this week (1st June 2017) with comments, reviews, letters and even an Editorial about Biodiversity. As one of the Editors (Alun Armstrong) writes in his Introduction to the special section, “Shepherding our planet's remaining biodiversity through the current era of human population growth, environmental degradation and climatic change is one of the most pressing challenges we face. A return to past ecosystem configurations is not possible. But policies can be put in place to help avert further losses and to maintain ecosystem functions. At stake is not just the viability of the ecosystems on which we depend, but also the very richness of life, in all its colour and complexity.” 

Published: Jun 6, 2017 10:44:10 AM