Human activities have caused the world’s physical and biological processes to change so significantly that we increasingly think of Earth as having entered a new geological epoch – the ‘Anthropocene’.
This disruption has resulted in the extinction of many species, but the Anthropocene is also a time of biological gains; it may eventually be considered one of the greatest boosts to biological diversity in history. We aim to understand the causes and consequences of biodiversity gains and losses, and inform and influence how society responds.
Eight fully funded LCAB PhD studentships are available for September/October 2024.
Understanding how human impacts and biological processes underpin the gains and losses of biodiversity and ecosystems.
Philias and phobias
Identifying the causes and consequences of varied human attitudes to the growth and loss of biodiversity.
Establishing the gains and harms people experience from biodiversity altered by humans and novel ecosystems.
Moulding the future
Integrating knowledge to foster further gains, without compromising human wellbeing or risking ‘past’ biodiversity.
Societal responses to the 'otherness' of species that are perceived to be foreign.
Generation of, attitudes towards and uses of hybrids in different cultures and times.
Exploring the social and biodiversity drivers and consequences of 'rewilding' and habitat 'restoration' strategies
We live in an age where human influence on our planet is profound and far reaching. This Centre will bring together world-leading researchers to improve our understanding of the relationship between humanity and the world's biodiversity. We'll explore how we can live sustainably in a time of great change.
Professor Chris Thomas, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
PhD students Molly Brown and Megan Tarrant discuss participating in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Network
Does it make sense to view much of contemporary biodiversity change in terms of adaptive ecological responses to changing environments?
Our team draws together researchers from many different disciplines at four universities across the world.
Our expertise is wide-ranging and continuously evolves as new team members join us. We are currently recruiting roles that will bring this exciting Centre to life.