I am a conservation scientist passionate about applying practical scientific approaches to address environmental challenges. I collaborate internationally with government agencies, NGOs and the private sector on biodiversity and ocean management and policy projects. My objective is to ensure that environmental considerations are formally incorporated into policy and management decisions, particularly in situations where competing economic and social factors may dominate.

Most of my work has been associated with the ocean, following my dream of becoming a marine scientist when I was eight years old. My career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. Since then my research has evolved considerably and I now work as a conservation scientist facilitating the improved use of scientific approaches in biodiversity and ocean conservation.

I spend a lot of my time conducting translational research with governments, NGOs and business on conservation projects. I use interdisciplinary methods to develop practical approaches that help create transparent and scientifically robust solutions in their conservation projects. I frame a lot of my research using structured decision-making, which helps provide a rigorous process to guide decision-makers and stakeholders through complex environmental decisions. This involves a series of steps and a large toolbox of available techniques to help incorporate both scientific evidence and human values into decision-making, acknowledging that environmental decision-making is not a value-free process.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science in the University of Oxford. Through this position I conduct translational research with multinational businesses, government agencies and NGOs bringing lessons from conservation science to help mainstream biodiversity in the private sector. My work focuses on corporate biodiversity accountability in particular, helping businesses develop systems to measure, evaluate and report on their biodiversity performance. You can follow my work in Oxford here.

You can find out more about my research and professional experience on my website. I can be contacted via email: prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk.