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University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

 

Biography

Professor William Sutherland is the Miriam Rothschild Professor in Conservation Biology, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research area is Population and Community Ecology, and he also has wide interests in conservation biology. He is especially interested in predicting the impacts of environmental change, particularly on bird populations. Some of this work combines field data and models while other work is purely based on field work. While much of his work has been in the UK, he has been involved in many projects elsewhere in the world and welcomes suggestions for collaborations.

Another major theme is using evidence-based conservation to collate experience of the effectiveness of interventions (via the website www.conservationevidence.com) and then use this evidence to advise practice. He hopes that this will eventually revolutionise global conservation practice.

Research

I am interested in applying ecological data and models to understand conservation problems. This may involve field work, use of existing data or purely theoretical problems. I am especially interested in bird population ecology as well as the impacts of agriculture of biodiversity.

I have recently become intrigued by understanding how decisions are made. This has involved horizon scanning to identify future issues, collation of evidence to determine which interventions are effective and then a rigorous means of weighting the evidence to guide policy and practice.

Publications

Key publications: 

Dalsgaard B, Trøjelsgaard K, González AMM, Nogués-Bravo D, Ollerton J, Petanidou T, Sandel B, Schleuning M, Wang Z, Rahbek C, et al.. Historical climate-change influences modularity and nestedness of pollination networks. Ecography 2013 (Journal article)   

Dalsgaard B, Trøjelsgaard K, Martín González AM, Nogués-Bravo D, Ollerton J, Petanidou T, Sandel B, Schleuning M, Wang Z, Rahbek C, et al.. Historical climate-change influences modularity and nestedness of pollination networks. Ecography36(12):1331-1340 2013 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ, Gardner TA, Haider L, Dicks LV. How can local and traditional knowledge be effectively incorporated into international assessments?. Oryx 1-2 2013 (Journal article)   

Sutherland WJ, Freckleton RP, Godfray HCJ, Beissinger SR, Benton T, Cameron DD, Carmel Y, Coomes DA, Coulson T, Emmerson MC, et al.. Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology 101(1):58-67 2013 (Journal article)   

Dicks LV, Abrahams A, Atkinson J, Biesmeijer J, Bourn N, Brown C, Brown MJF, Carvell C, Connolly C, Cresswell JE, et al..Identifying key knowledge needs for evidence-based conservation of wild insect pollinators: A collaborative cross-sectoral exercise. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6(3):435-446 2013 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ. Review by quality not quantity for better policy.. Nature 503(7475):167 14 Nov 2013 (Journal article) Author URL    

Walzer C, Kowalczyk C, Alexander JM, Baur B, Bogliani G, Brun JJ, Füreder L, Guth MO, Haller R, Holderegger R, et al.. The 50 most important questions relating to the maintenance and restoration of an ecological continuum in the European Alps.. PLoS One 8(1):e53139 2013 (Journal article) Author URL    

Tratalos JA, Sugden R, Bateman IJ, Gill JA, Jones AP, Showler DA, Sutherland WJ, Watkinson AR. The Conflict Between Conservation and Recreation When Visitors Dislike Crowding: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Beach Users. Environmental and Resource Economics 1-19 2013 (Journal article)

Carstensen DW, Dalsgaard B, Svenning J-C, Rahbek C, Fjeldså J, Sutherland WJ, Olesen JM. The functional biogeography of species: Biogeographical species roles of birds in Wallacea and the West Indies. Ecography 2013 (Journal article)   

Carstensen DW, Dalsgaard B, Svenning J-C, Rahbek C, Fjeldså J, Sutherland WJ, Olesen JM. The functional biogeography of species: Biogeographical species roles of birds in Wallacea and the West Indies. Ecography 36(10):1097-1105 2013 (Journal article)

Redpath SM, Young J, Evely A, Adams WM, Sutherland WJ, Whitehouse A, Amar A, Lambert RA, Linnell JDC, Watt A, et al..Understanding and managing conservation conflicts. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(2):100-109 2013 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ, Bardsley S, Clout M, Depledge MH, Dicks LV, Fellman L, Fleishman E, Gibbons DW, Keim B, Lickorish F, et al.. A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2013.. Trends Ecol Evol 28(1):16-22 Jan 2013 (Journal article) 

Alves JA, Gunnarsson TG, Potts PM, Gelinaud G, Sutherland WJ, Gill JA. Overtaking on migration: does longer distance migration always incur a penalty?. OIKOS 121(3):464-470 Mar 2012 (Journal article)   

Catry I, Amano T, Franco AMA, Sutherland WJ. Influence of spatial and temporal dynamics of agricultural practices on the lesser kestrel. J APPL ECOL 49(1):99-108 Feb 2012 (Journal article)   

Siriwardena GM, Cooke IR, Sutherland WJ. Landscape, cropping and field boundary influences on bird abundance. ECOGRAPHY 35(2):162-173 Feb 2012 (Journal article)   

Alves JA, Sutherland WJ, Gill JA. Will improving wastewater treatment impact shorebirds? Effects of sewage discharges on estuarine invertebrates and birds. ANIM CONSERV 15(1):44-52 Feb 2012 (Journal article)   

Sandel B, Arge L, Dalsgaard B, Davies RG, Gaston KJ, Sutherland WJ, Svenning JC. Global Endemism Needs Spatial Integration Response. SCIENCE 335(6066):285-286 20 Jan 2012 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ, Freckleton RP. Making predictive ecology more relevant to policy makers and practitioners.. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367(1586):322-330 19 Jan 2012 (Journal article) 

Sutherland WJ, Bellingan L, Bellingham JR, Blackstock JJ, Bloomfield RM, Bravo M, Cadman VM, Cleevely DD, Clements A, Cohen AS, et al.. A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda. PLoS ONE 7(3) 2012 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ, Bellingan L, Bellingham JR, Blackstock JJ, Bloomfield RM, Bravo M, Cadman VM, Cleevely DD, Clements A, Cohen AS, et al.. A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda.. PLoS One 7(3):e31824 2012 (Journal article)Author URL    

Amano T, Szekely T, Koyama K, Amano H, Sutherland WJ. A framework for monitoring the status of populations: An example from wader populations in the East Asian-Australasian flyway (vol 143, pg 2238, 2010). BIOL CONSERV145(1):278-295 Jan 2012 (Journal article)   

Sutherland WJ, Aveling R, Bennun L, Chapman E, Clout M, Côté IM, Depledge MH, Dicks LV, Dobson AP, Fellman L, et al.. A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012.. Trends Ecol Evol 27(1):12-18 Jan 2012 (Journal article) 

Sutherland WJ, Alves JA, Amano T, Chang CH, Davidson NC, Max Finlayson C, Gill JA, Gill RE, González PM, Gunnarsson TG, et al.. A horizon scanning assessment of current and potential future threats to migratory shorebirds. Ibis 154(4):663-679 2012 (Journal article)   

Carstensen DW, Dalsgaard B, Svenning JC, Rahbek C, Fjeldsa J, Sutherland WJ, Olesen JM. Biogeographical modules and island roles: a comparison of Wallacea and the West Indies. J BIOGEOGR 39(4):739-749 Apr 2012 (Journal article)   

Tancell C, Phillips RA, Xavier JC, Tarling GA, Sutherland WJ. Comparison of methods for determining key marine areas from tracking data. Marine Biology 1-12 2012 (Journal article)

Sutherland WJ, Allison H, Aveling R, Bainbridge IP, Bennun L, Bullock DJ, Clements A, Crick HQP, Gibbons DW, Smith S, et al.. Enhancing the value of horizon scanning through collaborative review. ORYX 46(3):368-374 2012 (Journal article)   

Dalsgaard B, Carstensen DW, Kirkconnell A, Gonzalez AMM, Martinez Garcia O, Timmermann A, Sutherland WJ. FLORAL TRAITS OF PLANTS VISITED BY THE BEE HUMMINGBIRD (MELLISUGA HELENAE). ORNITOLOGIA NEOTROPICAL 23(1):143-149 2012 (Journal article) 

Amano T, Okamura H, Carrizo SF, Sutherland WJ. Hierarchical models for smoothed population indices: The importance of considering variations in trends of count data among sites. ECOL INDIC 13(1):243-252 Feb 2012 (Journal article)   

Dicks LV, Abrahams A, Atkinson J, Biesmeijer J, Bourn N, Brown C, Brown MJ, Carvell C, Connolly C, Cresswell JE, et al..Identifying key knowledge needs for evidence-based conservation of wild insect pollinators: A collaborative cross-sectoral exercise. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2012 (Journal article)   

Catry I, Franco AMA, Sutherland WJ. Landscape and weather determinants of prey availability: implications for the Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni. IBIS 154(1):111-123 Jan 2012 (Journal article)   

Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology

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