The Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Change undertakes internationally recognised research on environmental change and its impacts on biodiversity, and is a leading provider of education and training in ecology and environmental science.
The centre is staffed by a multi-disciplinary research team of geographers and ecologists. Specialist interests include remote sensing, the ecology of birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals and plants, in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
CCEEC research is designed to support policy development and implementation, and we have strong links with conservation practitioners and policy makers locally, regionally and internationally. We combine Conservation Ecology with Geoinformatics and aim to understand and predict how spatial and temporal changes in the environment influence biodiversity and the processes that determine biodiversity, and to use this understanding to inform environmental policy and practice. Geoinformatics plays a crucial role by providing the data sets needed to explore spatial and temporal changes in the environment, and by generating the outputs needed to inform policy and practice.
The Centre has established a wide variety of collaborative links, having developed formal partnerships with organisations including the National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, English Nature, RBG Kew, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. International partners with whom the Centre has formal links include the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Fauna and Flora International and the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Staff also have collaborative links with other Universities both in the UK (e.g. Cambridge, Cardiff, Birmingham, Durham) and overseas (e.g. California Davis, Madrid, Marseilles, Idaho, Valdivia).