Current research


Ecosystem risk assessment

Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation threaten ecosystems worldwide. I work directly with the IUCN as a member of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems global team, which aims to assess the status of all ecosystems on earth. We are currently working with a range of governments, including Madagascar, China, Finland and Australia, to develop national red lists of threatened ecosystems. See more on these projects here and at the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website.

Geospatial Science

I use remote sensing and large-scale spatial analyses to investigate the changing distributions of ecosystems. I have two major projects at the moment (1) developing methods for mapping coastal ecosystems with satellite data and (2) developing remote sensing software for managers, community groups, scientists and volunteers to implement their own remote sensing classifications on our purpose-built web interface. These two projects are funded by Google and use their enormous computing power and data archives to allow us to work on a global scale.

Conservation biology

I have projects relating to the status of species, ecosystems, synthesis of ecological data and risk assessment. Major recent projects include (1) identifying the drivers of declines of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, (2) quantifying land cover change using remote sensing, and (3) thinking about how to best develop and use maps of threatening processes.