UCL Division of Biosciences


UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research

The Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) is one of the world’s leading research and training centres in ecology and biodiversity science, supporting the next generation of scholars and leaders.


The disciplines of biological field studies and of ecology have been embedded in UCL from the early days of both the College and the sciences themselves. From John Lindley to Francis Oliver to Edward Salisbury to Georgina Mace, UCL has been home to some of the most transformative thinkers in ecology.

The establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research in 2013 was the latest expression of UCL's commitment to developing our understanding of the environment, both for its own sake and in relation to human health and happiness. Such understanding is central to two domains within the UCL Grand Challenges research strategy: Environment and Food, Metabolism, and Society. Valuing and maintaining biodiversity is also central to the UN Strategic Development Goals.

Today, CBER continues to conduct ground-breaking research in biodiversity and the environment whilst training the next generation of scientists and conservation leaders. 

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Who is CBER?

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With over 75 researchers, the CBER team works across 29 different projects in biodiversity and environmental research.

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Research groups

Our 30+ research groups develop innovative and transformative research at the interface between biodiversity and environmental change.

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Work and study with CBER

Interested in becoming a part of CBER? Find all of our current opportunities here.

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Research themes

CBER develops innovative research at the interface of biodiversity and environmental change through three research themes.

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Our history

Founded in 2013, CBER is the latest expression of UCL's commitment to research and training in ecology and evolution, and the necessity of conserving biodiversity for sustaining human economies & well-being.

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Our working environment

From teaching in the field to influencing international policy, CBER operates across multiple scientific disciplines and methodologies, with an approach that is committed to inclusion and diversity.


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CBER staff teach modules on various undergraduate programmes including the Biodiversity and Conservation pathway that is available for BSc and MSci degrees in Biological Sciences. 


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Become part of one of the largest and most active research environments for biological and environmental research in the UK.


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