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Phil Atkinson

Science Director Combined Ecology

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Phil is both Science Director of Combined Ecology and the BTO’s Head of International Research. He leads the BTO’s international research program, which is diverse in nature but has a strong emphasis on collaborative projects consisting of a mix of research and commercial (e.g. impact assessment) projects.

Phil joined the BTO in 1999 having achieved a PhD in Ecology. Recently his research has focused on a number of areas, such as:

  • understanding the impact of agricultural and poverty alleviation policies on provision of ecosystem services by biodiversity and farmer livelihoods in central Ugandan banana/coffee systems and the cocoa-based systems in Sao Tome e Principe;
  • developing a program of research on the ecology of Palearctic-African migrants on their wintering grounds (with current field projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso);
  • designing surveys and monitoring schemes for birds (e.g. reviewing and developing a new waterbirds monitoring scheme for AGIP/KCO in Kazakhstan);
  • undertaking impact assessments and recommending mitigation/compensation (e.g. Ralphs Bay marina development, Tasmania); and
  • research into how best to create and/or restore intertidal wetlands for waterbirds.

Phil says “much of BTO's science has been to provide pragmatic, evidence-based solutions to applied problems and the launch of Combined Ecology is an exciting opportunity to focus our work on commercial environments. With the backup of 50+ scientists, Combined Ecology has the ability to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art solutions to industry needs.”

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