UCL Grand Challenges


A Biodiversity-Friendly Brew?

This GCTT project brings the Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research together with Geography to use novel bioacoustic and 3D measurement technology to study the impact of agriculture on birds

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1 September 2021


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2021-22
Amount awarded: £5,000


  • Marius Somveille, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research
  • Mathias Disney, Geography 

A biodiversity-friendly brew? Using new technology to quantify the impact of coffee production on migratory birds aims to increase understanding how land-use change, particularly agricultural intensification, affects biodiversity. The work will focus on birds as they are excellent indicators of ecosystem health, and on coffee production, which affects important bird habitat, particularly for wintering migrants visiting from temperate regions.

The objectives of the study include:

  1. Testing predictions from ecological theory regarding how habitat degradation affects migratory birds and the resident communities they visit
  2. Providing a novel quantitative methodology based on transformative technology combining bioacoustics and 3D measurements of ecosystem structure for certifying bird-friendly coffee production


Outputs and Impacts

  • Awaiting outputs and impacts