UCL Faculty of Life Sciences


Professor Kate Jones awarded Marsh Award from the British Ecological Society

2 September 2022

Kate Jones, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at UCL and Director of the People and Nature Lab at our UCL East campus, has been awarded the Marsh Award for Ecology from the British Ecology Society 2022.

Headshot of Professor Kate Jones
The award, provided by the Marsh Charitable Trust and administered by the British Ecological Society, has been awarded to Kate for her outstanding current research record which is having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology. To date, Kate has made key advances in modelling and forecasting zoonotic disease outbreaks in humans, breaking down traditional barriers between ecology, climate change and public health to inform global policy.


Kate’s research also develops applied artificial intelligence tools for monitoring ecological health, particularly for monitoring ecosystems acoustically. Kate has led the development of novel global citizen science programmes with The Bat Conservation Trust involving thousands of volunteers all over the world to monitor bat populations, collaborating extensively with national conservation NGOs and governments.

Kate said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award. Healthy ecosystems are critical for all human endeavours, and ecology is moving centre stage as the foundation to address the pressing issues of our time such as pandemics, climate change, and food security. Over the course of my career, I have seen the BES grow into such a brilliant, vibrant, and inclusive society which I am so proud to be part of. This honour from BES means the world to me.”

Find out more:

Read the article from the British Ecological Society at: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/british-ecological-society-award-winners-2022-announced

Professor Kate Jones' profile: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/people/prof-kate-jones

UCL's People and Nature Lab: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-east/study-and-research/people-and-nature-lab