The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity brings together researchers from disciplines and departments across the University of York's three faculties and from partner organisations in the UKCanada and Scotland.

Through collaborative, interdisciplinary working, our researchers aim to develop an improved understanding of biodiversity gains, as well as losses, and inform and influence how society responds to these changes.

LCAB Network Map

Take a look at our network map to see the connections between our researchers and the wider community of supervisors and mentors, spread across different departments and faculties. (Each node represents an individual; colours indicate different disciplines and departments, shapes are roles/organisations.)

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Directorate The Directorate lead on Centre development to ensure we meet our aims of delivering interdisciplinary, novel research into Anthropocene biodiversity.
Professor Lindsey Gillson - Director - My work combines palaoecology with modelling, ecology and stakeholder engagement to provide a past-present-future perspective on ecosystem change.
  Professor Kate Pickett - Associate Director - My research focuses on the impact of socioeconomic inequality on the health and wellbeing of people, communities and the environment.
  Professor Mark Jenner - Associate Director - I am committed to interdisciplinary work which relates archival research to theoretical concerns and current work within anthropology, literary studies and social theory.
Operations team
Dr Sally Howlett - Centre Manager
Hannah Cooke - Centre Administrative Officer 
Dr Christopher Lyon - I am an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, my research explores multi-century human-environmental futures on Earth and ways to plan for those futures now. I currently supervise Andrew Gibson.
Dr Inês Martins - I am interested in understanding and quantifying how different levels of biological diversity are changing across space and time and its potential environmental and socio-economic drivers.
 Postdoctoral Research Associates
Dr Jamie Carr - My current research seeks to identify the policy and governance processes that are most conducive to achieving both biodiversity and climate change targets simultaneously.
Dr Charles Cunningham - My research is examining the current extent of UK treescapes, how their connectivity has changed over time and the consequences for woodland biodiversity.
Dr Brennen Fagan - My research aims to understand the sensitivity of food webs to translocations so that artificial food webs can be engineered safely and reliably.
  Dr Jack Hatfield - My research background is in community and landscape ecology, investigating how species communities are altered by land-use change.
  Dr Tabitha Kabora - My research explores human and environment interactions within the Holocene and Anthropocene with a focus on biodiversity, sustainability and large-scale landscape modifications.
Picture of Dr Harrie Neal  Dr Harrie Neal - The overarching arm of my research project explores the ways in which non-native species have been historically characterised and constructed.
Dr Hanna Pettersson - My aim is to understand the drivers of vulnerability and adaptation among the communities that are the most impacted by the presence of “problematic” wildlife such as large carnivores.
Dr Peter Sands - My research project examines the mythologies of the future produced by biotechnological approaches to extinction and biodiversity loss.
PhD Students
Lauren Barnes - My research focuses on the ecological and societal benefits and costs of rewilding. Specifically, the biodiversity gains realised by different rewilding implementation approaches and how different groups of stakeholders feel connected to wilder landscapes.
Chantal Berry - My research focuses upon acoustic ecology, or the sounds and rhythms of human-nature relationships between c.1500-c.1800.
Molly Brown - My research focuses upon understanding the complex drivers of demand for illegal wildlife trade products, in particular ivory.
Shuyu Deng - I am interested in the effect of human land-use transformations on species richness and compositional change in different parts of the world. 
Marco Franzoi - My research explores the impacts on marine biodiversity of consumption through a supply-chain perspective, as well as the policies and political economies that drive and change these pressures.
Andrew Gibson - My work aims to explore an information-based perspective on ecosystems, in which different types of information behaviour are seen to give rise to different types of ecosystem.
Jonathan Gordon - My PhD research will use a range of biological and archaeological datasets to examine past human impact on biodiversity over the Anthropocene.
Kian-Hayes, PhD student with the Leverhulme Centre for Anothropocene Biodiversity Kian Hayles-Cotton - My research project focuses on understanding what affects interactions between plants, insects and birds in British woodlands and how management can be tailored to increase the complexity and strength of the interaction networks.
Tiffany Ki - My PhD focuses on understanding the long-term responses of Sulawesi (Indonesia) butterflies to climate change and rainforest loss.
Charlie Le Marquand (PhD student) stood in front of a tree Charlie Le Marquand - My PhD research investigates whether woodland, or woodland type, impacts the nest success of waders in the UK.
Hien Luong - I’m researching nature based financing because I want to find out if we can better fund conservation and make a significant difference in wild biodiversity numbers. 
  Louisa Mamalis - During my PhD research I will explore the theme of landscape level change and its impacts on biodiversity. 
Helen Mylne - My research focuses on the social networks of male African Elephants.
Katie Noble - My research adopts a holistic and highly interdisciplinary approach to analysing the environmental and sociocultural dimensions of cultured meat, incorporating data, methods, and ideas from a range of academic disciplines in both the natural and social sciences. 
Nikki Paterson - My research explores human-nature relationships in the Anthropocene, by looking at the impact of the biodiversity of an ecosystem on the wellbeing of the humans experiencing it.
  Alex Payne - My PhD project focuses on how past human interactions have influenced shifts in both diversity and distribution, particularly using Rhododendron.
  Joshua Sammy - For my PhD, I am investigating the ways in which insect distributions in the UK have changed, and whether and how this has been influenced by human land use.
Megan Tarrant - My PhD research focuses on rights-based approaches to conservation, and the role of environmental knowledge in environmental justice.
Theo Tomking - My research focuses on the role of indigenous knowledge in developments in agricultural science and ecological thinking in Britain and its colonies in the 20th century.
Joris Wiethase - My research aims at analysing the patterns and impacts of a changing environment, with a focus on East African grasslands. 

Supervisors and mentors - along with the Directorate a range of other academics from across disciplines form our staff and student supervision teams

Professor Colin Beale - I work on a wide range of ecological problems from population dynamics and distributions to fire ecology in the African savannah.


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Professor Neil Carter - I am interested in all aspects of environmental politics and policy, with a particular interest in climate policy and politics. 

Dr Sabine Clarke - My research considers the relationship between scientific research and visions of economic and social development in the British colonies after 1940.


Professor Peter Coventry -  I work across all elements of applied health services research, using evidence synthesis, qualitative methods and trials with a focus on evaluating complex interventions for people with mental health problems and long term conditions.

Dr Simon Croft - I work predominantly on the modelling of supply chains of agri-goods and food, linking activities to impacts and risks at the point of origin. 


Professor Kanchon Dasmahapatra - I apply genetic and genomic data to understand interesting evolutionary questions, in particular the causes of speciation.


Professor Maria Dornelas - My research focuses on quantifying biodiversity and understanding the processes that shape it. 


Dr Alison Dyke - I work on nature-society relations, particularly focused on interactions between humans and trees, biosecurity, plant health and wild harvest.

Professor Calvin Dytham - My research focuses on the evolution of dispersal strategies and the community-level consequences and the implications of environmental change.
Professor Jon Finch - Understanding the cultural landscape of the 18th and 19th centuries is fundamental to my work, including the politics of landscape through its use and manipulation. 

Dr Jon Green - I work to trace the impacts of consumption on biodiversity, via often-complex chains of trade in agricultural commodities.

Professor Tony Heron - My current research focuses on ideas of resilience in global food systems; the political economy of agricultural reform in the UK in the context of Brexit; the governance of global value chains; private standards in the Brazilian soybean sector; and food security in the Greater Mekong Subregion. 

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Professor Jane Hill - I study the impacts of climate change and habitat loss on species to understand their responses to environmental change.

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Dr Luisa Huaccho Huatuco - My expertise in manufacturing systems' complexity, contextualises my current research interests including sustainable supply chains.


Dr Teresa Kittler - My research focuses on artistic practices from 1945 to present day, with a special interest in Italian post-war art, primarily on issues related to art and the environment and feminism.

Dr Simon Mair - My research interests include the post-growth and degrowth economics, post-capitalism, and alternative economies.

Professor Nicky Milner - My research mainly focuses on the Mesolithic period; palaeodiet and consumption practices are among my interests, along with settlement, mobility and the analysis of seasonality information. 

Professor Jon Pitchford - I use mathematical models and apply methods from dynamical systems and stochastic processes together with computer simulations to study challenging biodiversity problems.


Dr Amanda Rees - My research areas include the sociology of human/animal relation, field science, the public presentation of scientific knowledge and the representation of science in fiction.

Professor Helen Smith - My current research includes tracing the liveliness of matter and making the case for literature as a means of engaging with and assaying the world around us. 


Professor Susan Stepney - A major strand of my research is computational simulation of complex systems, in particular, biological systems.


Professor Lindsay Stringer - My research is conceptually anchored in areas including global environmental governance, political ecology and socio-ecological systems science.

Dr Daryl Stump - My research interests focus on the development of agricultural landscapes, with a particular emphasis on sustainability and on the use of historical perceptions within development and conservation narratives.


Professor Jacco Thijssen - My main research interests are in mathematical models of dynamic decision making in general, and investment under uncertainty (real options) in particular.

Professor Chris Thomas - I am interested in understanding biologival and human processes that give rise to species being successful, the ways people exploit them, and the ways successful species exploit humans. 

Dr Julia Touza - My research explores environmental problems driven by economic factors, and evaluates the strategic behaviour of natural resource users/managers in a temporal-spatial context.

Professor Mark Vellend - My research focuses on plant population and community responses to environmental change.


Professor Victoria Wells - I am interested in the role the environment plays in consumers’ behaviour whether it is how the environment affects consumer choices or how consumers’ behaviour affects the physical environment.

Dr Chris West - My current research focuses on the role of commodity trade and supply chains in driving environmental change, where I have a particular interest in effects on biodiversity and tropical deforestation.

Professor Piran White - I lead the University of York’s involvement in the Australian-based Co-operative Research Centre on Invasive Animals.

The External Advisory Group will provide annual, independent feedback and advice, from a wide range of perspectives, on research activity.

Professor Deborah Smith (Chair)

Biology, University of York

Nnimmo Bassey

Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation

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Professor Melissa Leach

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

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Professor Tom Oliver

Research Dean for Environment and Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading

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Professor Harriet Ritvo

History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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We will draw on the knowledge and expertise of University of York associates whose research areas dovetail with the work of the Centre. Any academic working on a complementary area is welcome to become an associate of the Centre.

Jake Anderson
Dr Sarah Bezan
University College Cork
Robby Binsar Butarbutar

Sophie Brandon


Dr Jonathan Cane

University of Warwick

Dr Tadhg Carroll

University College London

Professor Robert Costanza

Institute for Global Prosperity


Professor Helen Cowie


Professor Andy Dougill

Environment and Geography


Dr Daniel Franks

Computer Science


Dr Richard Friend

Environment and Geography


Professor Jean Grugel 



Professor Jeff Jia


Professor Jon Mee

English and Related Literature

Professor Ida Kubiszewski

Institute for Global Prosperity

Dr Cade McCall



Dr David Orton


Dr Rachel Pateman

Stockholm Environment Institute

Dr Phil Platts

Environment and Geography


Dr Darren Reed



Dr Chris Renwick


Dr Sarah Scriven

Permian Global

Professor Indrajit Roy



Dr Katherine Selby

Environment and Geography


Dr Freya Sierhuis

English and Related Literature

Dr Michael Stratigos
University of Aberdeen

Dr Peter Sutoris



Dr Kevin Walsh



Dr Lizzie Wandrag

University of Tasmania

Dr Caroline Ward

Visiting associate 

Chris West 

Professor Chris West 

Stockholm Environment Institute

Professor Sarah West

Stockholm Environment Institute 

Professor Piran White

Environment and Geography

Dr Jamie Wood


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