Andrew Balmford

Professor of Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. 

My research focuses on how to reconcile biodiversity conservation with meeting human food needs and other land-demanding activities; the costs and benefits of retaining intact ecosystems; and identifying what works in conservation. I collaborate closely with conservation practitioners and with colleagues in other disciplines, including economics and psychology. In my book Wild Hope I argue that cautious, evidence-based optimism is vital in tackling environmental challenges. 


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