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Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

World-leading interdisciplinary research into the complexities of biodiversity change in the Anthropocene, funded by the Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity examines how the relationship between humanity and the natural world is changing, and how we might develop and maintain a sustainable Earth.

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.

We're recruiting

We're looking for an outstanding Arts and Humanities researcher to join our community as a Research Fellow in Anthropocene Biodiversity and Societal Change.

Our research community

At York, we don’t just observe change; we’re a catalyst for it. Our remarkable research community drives change that improves the world around us.

Read our interview with the Centre's new Director, Professor Lindsey Gillson, to find out about how her interdisciplinary past-present-future perspective to conservation questions will help shape a positive Anthropocene.

Read the interview with Lindsey

Research programmes


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.

Cross-cutting themes

Change is a defining feature of the Anthropocene, requiring agile and creative adaptations. LCAB research helps to leverage human ingenuity to create, conserve, restore and adapt social-ecological systems that safeguard biodiversity, while meeting the needs of people in ways that are fair and just.

Professor Lindsey Gillson, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

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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.

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Surveying Mountain Ringlet butterflies at 3000 feet in Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, Scotland. Credit: Marcus Rhodes