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Nancy is the Science Coordinator on the Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme. Her role is to support the projects funded by the ELP to make effective use of science, from using evidence when deciding what restoration actions to implement, to creating well-designed monitoring programmes that collect useful data, and testing interventions to generate new scientific evidence. Nancy is also involved in fostering new collaborations and research within and across the CCI partners, with the aim of increasing our understanding and ability to effectively restore species, habitats and landscapes.

Before joining the CCI, Nancy worked for several years as part of the Conservation Evidence team in the Department of Zoology. As Managing Editor of the Conservation Evidence journal, she tried to encourage conservation practitioners to carry out experiments, and to share the results of their interventions. She was also instrumental in the creation of What Works in Conservation, a resource that provides assessments of the effectiveness of a wide range of possible conservation interventions. Previously, Nancy has worked for the British Trust for Ornithology, with particular interests in the impacts of climate change and long-distance migrant bird species, and the RSPB, where she ran a project to investigate the causes of declines in urban house sparrow populations.


I have been part of the Conservation Evidence team since 2014, with responsibility for managing the Conservation Evidence journal. I have contributed to summarising the evidence for the conservation of grassland habitats, as well as evidence for bird conservation and the control of freshwater invasive plants, and was instrumental in creating the first edition of What Works in Conservation. Another part of my job is organising the annual horizon scan of global conservation issues. Since 2017, I have been seconded part-time to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Endangered Landscape & Seascapes Programme, where I am involved in ensuring that large-scale restoration projects use and generate evidence.

Before joining the Conservation Science Group I worked at the BTO and the RSPB, carrying out research in areas including climate change, urban ecology, and long-distance migrants.


Key publications: 

Ockendon, N., Thomas, D.H.L., Cortina, J., Adams, W.M., Aykroyd, T., Barov, B., Boitani, L., Bonn, A., Branquinho, C., Brombacher, M., Burrell, C., Carver, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Duguy, B., Everett, S., Fokkens, B., Fuller, R.J., Gibbons, D.W.,  Gokhelashvili, R., Griffin, C., Halley, D.J., Hotham, P., Hughes, F.M.R., Karamanlidis, A.A., McOwen, C.J., Miles, L., Mitchell, R., Rands, M.R.W., Roberts, J., Sandom, C.J., Spencer, J.W., ten Broeke, E., Tew, E.R., Thomas, C.D., Timoshyna, A., Unsworth, R.K.F., Warrington, S., Sutherland, W.J. (2018) One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe. Biological Conservation, 221, 198-208, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.002.

Sutherland, W.J., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Petrovan, S.O. and Smith, R.K. eds., 2018. What Works in Conservation: 2018 (Vol. 3). Open Book Publishers.

Sutherland, W. J., Barnard, P., Broad, S., Clout, M., Connor, B., Côté, I. M., Dicks, L. V., Doran, H., Entwistle, A. C., Fleishman, E., Fox, M., Gaston, K. J., Gibbons, D. W., Jiang, Z., Keim, B., Lickorish, F. A., Markillie, P., Monk, K. A., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Peck, L. S., Pretty, J., Spalding, M. D., Tonneijck, F. H., Wintle, B. C. & Ockendon, N. (2017) A 2017 Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.11.005

Ockendon, N., Baker, D. J., Carr, J. A., White, E. C., Almond, R. E. A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R. B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S. H. M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D. J. C., Green, R. E., Sutherland, W. J., Tanner, E. V. J. & Pearce-Higgins, J. W. (2014). Mechanisms underpinning climatic impacts on natural populations: altered species interactions are more important than direct effects. Global Change Biology, 20, 2221–2229. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12559

Science Coordinator, Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme

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