Professor, IOZ
Area of work
Mitigating the impacts of climate change on biodiversity; Global biodiversity monitoring; Co-existence between wildlife and people
Nature-based solutions
Biodiversity monitoring
Satellite remote sensing
Climate change ecology
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Nathalie's research helps inform environmental and wildlife management, supporting decision-makers in identifying options that are likely to best support nature recovery.

It also informs the emergence and framing of rewilding as a novel, science-based, environmental management approach that can add to the existing portfolio of nature-based solutions to tackle climate change.

Nathalie's work aims to address the loss of biological diversity by:

  1. Deepening our understanding of the processes driving this loss
  2. Identifying solutions that are likely to support nature recovery in times of rapid global environmental changes.

This work tends to be undertaken using remote sensing technologies, such as satellite remote sensing.

Nathalie's hope is to see biodiversity being brought back globally to levels last seen in the 1970s before she dies. She also wants to see a future where nature and humans both flourish, and where climate change is not threatening our lives, health and livelihoods.

Nathalie has a clear interest in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science and technology. In 2011, she co-founded Soapbox Science, a public outreach platform for promoting women and non-binary scientists and the science they do.

If you are interested in joining Nathalie's team, or discussing collaboration, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Qualifications and accreditations


  • 1999-2002: Ph.D. Thesis (UMR CNRS 5558, University Lyon I (France); State funded
  • 1998-1999: Advanced Graduate Degree (DEA) in Modelling of Biological Systems (University Lyon I)
  • 1997-1998: MSc, Population Biology and Ecosystems (University Paris VI, France)
  • 1996-1997: License, Biology of Organisms (University Paris VI, France)
  • 1994-1996: DEUG (General Studies University Diploma) in Biological Sciences (University of Strasbourg, France)

Professional History

  • 08/2016 – Present: Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology 04/2009 – 08/2016: Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology
  • 08/2009-11/2009: Secondment at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  • 04/2006-03/2009: Postdoctoral Research Assistant position at the Institute of Zoology
  • 09/2005-03/2006: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Laval, Québec
  • 12/2002-08/2005: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Norway

Prizes, Awards and Other Honours

  • 2016: ZSL Silver Medal for contributions to the understanding and appreciation of zoology
  • 2016: British Ecological Society Equality & Diversity Champion
  • 2015: Point of Light Award from the British Prime Minister
  • 2010: L’Oreal UNESCO Royal Society Fellowship (For Women in Science, FWIS)
  • 2003: Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Research Council

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Editor in Chief for Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation (2014-)
  • Senior Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology (2014-2022)
  • Animal Conservation (2008-2016) and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2016-2021)
  • Topic Editor for Ecography (2019-2021).
  • Trends in Ecology and Evolution Advisory board member (2021-)
  • Member at large of the SCB Board of Governors (2015-2017)
  • BES Policy Committee member (2014-2021)
  • BES Conservation Specialist Interest Group Chair (2014-2018)
  • BES (2016-2021) & SCB (2015-2017) Diversity Committee member.
  • UK representative on the Programmes Board of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO, 2019-)
  • JNCC Terrestrial Evidence review team (2018-2019); IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group member (2013-)
  • IUCN Rewilding Working Group co-chair (2021-)
  • GEO BON Ecosystem Function Working Group Lead (2016-2018)
  • Durrell’s conservation committee (2020-2022)
  • Grant panel member for the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, Horizon 2020, NERC, Research Council of Norway, Polish Academy of Science; Member of the European Science Foundation College of Review.