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Simply the best.

Our models are the most detailed, scientifically rigorous and scalable on the market. On top of this, our people are second to none.

This is critically important for organisations to know, for instance, that their carbon sequestration measurements, their flood risk initiatives and their biodiversity mapping can stand the toughest scrutiny and challenge from official bodies, shareholders, stakeholders, investors and environmental groups. And we’re very happy for anyone to challenge our models’ pre-eminent position. Why would you ask for anything less?

Our board are leading academics, often consulted as independent experts by governments, policy makers and the international media. Our practitioners and consultants also have enviable academic reputations and skills in the key areas of natural capital.

THE BOARD

PROFESSOR DIETER HELM

Chair

PROFESSOR KATHY WILLIS

Director

MR JULIAN METHERELL

Director

DR ABIGAIL BARKER

Chief Operations Officer

SCIENCE TEAM

DR BECCY WILEBORE

Head of Research

Beccy Wilebore leads the natural capital research (team) at NCR with responsibility for setting the science vision and overseeing model development. She is a quantitative ecologist with 10+ years of experience at the interface between natural sciences and economics. During her postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she used large-scale geospatial and hydrological models to map and quantify ecosystem services from natural capital. She also specialises in data analysis from earth observation and remote sensing. Beccy was previously a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow on natural capital and holds a PhD in forest ecology and REDD+ from the University of Cambridge.

DR FLORIAN ZELLWEGER

Florian Zellweger is an environmental scientist whose research uses high-resolution remote sensing and large field databases to understand how forests and natural capital are responding to global change drivers such as climate and land management change. Florian's current research focuses on developing detailed spatial models to quantify and monitor carbon stocks and sequestration, as well as biodiversity, for the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. His work furthers the understanding of how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are changing in an increasingly human-dominated world. Florian has a PhD in forest ecology and remote sensing from ETH Zurich and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

DR SOPHIE FLACK-PRAIN

Sophie Flack-Prain is an ecosystem modeller who explores biosphere-climate interactions. Her research focuses on understanding ecosystem functioning through a combination of process-driven and data-driven models. Her work on tropical crops addresses key issues around future production and the vulnerability of crops to climate extremes. Sophie has a PhD in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, her thesis looked at the role of carbon allocation and trait optimality in driving Amazon forest responses to changing water availability.

DR THEA PIOVANO

Thea Piovano is an environmental modeller, specializing in hydrology. As a PhD student in the University of Aberdeen, she worked on hydrological modelling at the catchment scale, with a focus on spatially distributed tracer-aided rainfall-runoff models to investigate water storage and fluxes in cold region catchments. She has experience in mapping and geospatial data analysis. She has a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Torino.

LORNA BURNELL

Lorna Burnell is in the process of submitting her PhD thesis which focuses on the risks to global water resources from geoengineering the climate with solar radiation management. She specialises in hydrological modelling at the global scale, with a particular focus on water scarcity and drought assessment. Lorna has a BSc (First Class) in Geography from the University of Nottingham where she won the McGuckin Physical Geography Prize for best dissertation (Building and testing a fuzzy inference system to assess local flood risk perception in Burnham-on-Sea) and the University Prize for Geography for best undergraduate student.

DR RHOSANNA JENKINS

Rhosanna is an interdisciplinary scientist with extensive experience of spatial analysis and modelling. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. Her thesis modelled projected changes to water resources, biodiversity and agriculture in Kenya with climate change and development plans. She is a contributing author to the IPCC’s sixth assessment report and Blog Associate Editor for Journal of Ecology. Rhosanna has experience of policy-relevant science having previously worked on BEIS-funded research and consulted for Natural Resources Wales.  

ASSOCIATE PROF.
MARC MACIAS-FAURIA

Marc Macias-Fauria is an ecologist who focuses on cold environments, he is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Oxford and a NERC Fellow. His research focuses on understanding the coupling of physical and biological systems (biogeoscience). He employs long-term ecological records and modelling to understand ecological and biogeographic processes as they are constrained by the physical environment. He gained a degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona, an MSc at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, and a PhD at the Department of Geology (now Department of Geosciences & Geography), University of Helsinki, where he studied the climate controls on boreal forest wildfires, tree-growth, and insect outbreaks.

ASSOCIATE PROF.
ELIZABETH JEFFERS

Elizabeth Jeffers works at the intersection of palaeo-, ecosystem and community ecology to understand how terrestrial ecosystems cope with long-term climate and environmental change. She leads research on the wide range of impacts that global environmental changes have on plant chemistry and the consequences for biogeochemical cycling. Lizzy obtained her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, MA in Geography & Environmental Engineering and Masters of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

DR CAROLE ADOLF

Carole Adolf is a plant ecologist and climate scientist specialising in the impact of climate change, land-use and disturbances, such as wildfire, on plant distributions and biodiversity across space and time. She focuses on statistical and spatial models, while also incorporating long-term data into her analyses to identify the full range of natural variability in ecosystem responses to climatic and land-use change. Carole is an associated researcher at the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Laboratory at University of Oxford and has a PhD in Climate Sciences from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

DAVID BENZ

David studies terrestrial environments through remote sensing and GIS. He is particularly interested in using time series of satellite imagery to understand vegetation dynamics and identify areas of high conservation value. David's DPhil research concerns the application of artificial intelligence to forest management within England's Public Forest Estate. He aims to identify the configuration of management decisions that optimises the capacity of woodlands to prevent floods and improve human health and well-being.

JOEL FOOTRING

Joel Footring recently graduated with BA Biological Sciences (First Class) from the University of Oxford. His final year project contributed to the Gates Foundation Humbug project and the development of the MozzWear app. He used specimens from the Oxford University Natural History Museum and the Natural History Museum (London) to identify the morphological determinants of the acoustic signatures of five mosquito species. He has also spent time doing practical ecological work with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Nottingham.

KATEY FISHER

Katey Fisher graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Liverpool where her final year project focussed on the biological traits contributing to encephalization in pinnipeds in comparison to cetaceans. Katey's previous roles include research in terrestrial and marine conservation, and she is committed to sustainable social and environmental change. Katey previously worked as part of the research team at Estación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla, researching the functional links in avian, microbial, macrophyte, and invertebrate greenhouse gas output stimulation. Katey is also experienced in international operations and sales, having recently left a role with Operation Wallacea where she worked on worldwide field research programmes. 

NICOLA KUHN

Nicola Kühn is a plant ecologist with a particular interest in climate change ecology. Her DPhil research aims to understand the role that plant functional traits have in determining plant distribution and response to environmental change with a focus on South African ecosystems. Nicola holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (University of Oxford). Prior to her DPhil research, she worked for 2 years full time and a further year part-time, as a Data Research Assistant in both the Natural Capital & Plant Health Department and the Bioinformatics & Spatial Analysis Department at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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