UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Georgina Mace

Prof Georgina Mace

Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

I am interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change with particular reference to policy and decision-making for the natural environment.

Much of my work concerns the measurement of biodiversity loss and its implications, including:

• Measuring biodiversity; what is meant by biodiversity and how does this affect measurements?

• Setting goals and targets for biodiversity conservation

• Biodiversity and ecosystem services – in theory and in the real world.

Recently,as an extension to researching methods for identifying species at high risk of extinction I have been interested in climate change impacts on species and on ecosystem functioning and services.

I am also researching natural capital approaches and the valuation of ecosystem services.

Teaching summary

I supervise postgraduate students but don't do any undergraduate teaching now.


University of Sussex
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1979
University of Liverpool
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1976


Georgina Mace DBE FRS is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and was the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)which she led between 2012 and 2018. Her first degree was in Zoology and she has a PhD in evolutionary ecology. Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She led the scientific work behind the criteria used in IUCN’s Red List of threatened species (2000), was responsible for biodiversity elements in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and the methodology used in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011). She contributed to the scoping for the IPBES Global Assessment, and acted as overall Review Editor in 2019. She was President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2013), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2007-2009), Chair of the DIVERSITAS global environmental change program (2011-2014) and was a Council member of the NERC (2011-2018). She was the winner of the 2007 International Cosmos Prize, the 2016 Heineken Prize for Environmental Science and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ecology and Conservation Biology. From 2012 to 2018 she was a member of the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee and in 2018 she joined the Adaptation Committee of the UK Climate Change Committee.