Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli
Institute Research Fellow
- Committee on Earth Observation Systems (CEOS) Biodiversity Steering Committee Member
- IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group Member
- GEO BON Ecosystem Function Working Group Lead
- Member of the Board of Governors, Society for Conservation Biology
- British Ecological Society's Policy Committee member
- British Ecological Society's Diversity Task Force Member
- British Ecological Society's Conservation Specialist Interest Group Secretary
- Invited lecturer at the Global Change Ecology Master Programme , Bayreuth, Germany
- Honorary Lecturer position, University College London (UCL)
- ZSL climate change coordinator & Conservation Committee member
- Animove organizer and lecturer
- Athena SWAN panellist
- September 2010- September 2015: CEE Steering Committee member
- August 2009 - November 2009: Secondment at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Cambridge, to work on REDD issues.
- April 2006 - March 2009: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Institute of Zoology
- September 2005 - March 2006: Postdoctoral position at the University Laval, Québec, under the supervision of Steeve Coté and Jean Huot (Chaire CRSNG – Produits forestiers Anticosti).
- December 2003 - August 2005: European Fellowship (Marie Curie) for a two-year proposal entitled “Coupling vegetation dynamics and deer performance in Norway and France” at the University of Oslo, with Atle Mysterud and Nils Chr. Stenseth.
- December 2002 - November 2003: Lavoisier Fellowship (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France) for a one-year proposal entitled “Coupling phenology and red deer body mass in the West Coast of Norway” at the University of Oslo, with Atle Mysterud and Nils Chr. Stenseth.
- 1999 - 2002: Ph.D. Thesis “Individual variability and population dynamics: the importance of space”, with J.M. Gaillard (UMR CNRS 5558, University of Lyon).
- 2016: British Ecological Society Equality & Diversity Champion
- 2016: ZSL Silver Medal
- 2015: Point of Light Award from the British Prime Minister
- 2010: L'Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowship for Women in Science
I head the Environmental Monitoring and Conservation Modelling (EMCM) team, which is interested in developing tools and methodologies supporting the sustainable management of natural resources. My own research is about assessing and predicting the impacts of global environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, with a particular focus on climate change; the aim is to conduct high quality, innovative and internationally recognized research through a multi-disciplinary approach involving statistics, remote sensing and programming. Extensive experience with remote sensing data and its usefulness in ecology and conservation drives my interest in promoting a better integration of satellite-based data in global monitoring programs.
- 2016: STFC grant (PI) to support Soapbox Science (£90,000)
- 2014: GEO-BON grant (Co-PI) to organise two workshops on RS-EBVs (€12,000)
- 2014: STFC grant (Co-PI) to support Soapbox Science (£90,000)
- 2014: ZSL mission Fund grant (PI) to support work in desert ecosystems (£65,500)
- 2011- 2015: For Women In Science (FWIS) grants to fund Soapbox Science (>£40,000)
- 2013: BEAMS Impact scheme (£33,000) for Clare Duncan
- 2013: Conservation Programmes, ZSL (£14,000)
- 2012: Conservation Programmes, ZSL (£10,000)
- 2011: Full 4 years UCL/EngD PhD studentship for Gianfranco Gliozzo (with Dr Muki Haklay)
- 2010: L'Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowship for Women in Science (£15,000)
- 2010: Full NERC PhD studentship for Tammy Davies (with Dr Fazey)
- 2010: Full ESRC/NERC PhD studentship for Claudia Amphlett (with Prof. Homewood & Dr Durant)
- 2009: UNEP-WCMC (£15,984)
- 2009: Full NERC PhD studentship for Caitlin Douglas (with Dr Mulligan & Dr Cowlishaw)
- 2009: AXA PhD studentship for Alienor Chauvenet (£105,000)
- 2003: European Marie Curie Fellowship (~£125,000)
- 2002: Lavoisier Fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (~£15,000)
- Minor grants secured from NERC, the Sahara Conservation Fund, the Royal Society (Travel Grant, Partnership Grant), WCS, Vodafone, and Planet Action (all <£5,000)
I am the co-founder of Soapbox Science, an initiative which organizes public science communication events that brings cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way. Find out more on the Soapbox Science website. You can also watch my TEDx talk on science communication tips here
- Remote sensing in Ecology and Conservation (Editor in Chief, 2014-)
- Journal of Applied Ecology (Senior Editor, 2015-)
- Animal Conservation (Senior Editor, 2008-2016)
- Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Editor, 2016-)
Meet the team
I have supervised, and currently supervise, several BSc, MSc, PhD and post-doc students , who are carrying research all over the world. Meet the team here.
- I recently gave keynote talks at the first Species On the Move international conference in Tasmania, the 2016 annual metting of the German Ecological Society in Marburg, and the 2016 annual meeting of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society in Liverpool
- Last year I participated in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme, and spent a week in Parliament learning about ways to get more science into policy
- Seirian Sumner and I received a Point of Light Award and the ZSL Silver Medal for our work on Soapbox Science
- My first book "en solo", entitled "The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index: principles & ecological applications" is out !
- The "Satellite remote sensing for biodiversity research and conservation applications" theme issue of Philosophical Transactions B is out. This issue is guest edited by me, Kamran Safi, Woody Turner and Stefan Dech
- Our work was recently featured in Current Biology, Scientific American, Mongabay and Nature
- Animove was featured in a recent IUCN blog , described as a "a ground-breaking capacity-building contribution"
- Our contribution in Ecology Letters on fences was featured in Nature and Scientific American
- Our article on mangrove degradation was covered by the Guardian
- Our edited book on biodiversity monitoring is out
Durant, Mitchell, Groom, Pettorelli et al. (2016) Disappearing spots: the global decline of cheetah and what it means for conservation. Proceeddings of the National Academy of Science, in press
Skidmore, Pettorelli, Coops, Geller, Hansen, Lucas, Mucher, O'Connor, Paganini, Pereira, Schaepman, Turner, Wang & Wegmann (2015) Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space. Nature 523: 403-405.
Durant, Becker, Creel, Bashir, Dickman, Beudels-Jamar, Lichtenfeld, Hilborn, Wall, Wittemyer, Badamjav, Blake, Boitani, Breitenmoser, Broekhuis, Christianson, Cozzi, Davenport, Deutsch, Devillers, Dollar, Dolrenry, Douglas-Hamilton, Droge, Fitzherbert, Foley, Hazzah, Hopcraft, Ikanda, Jacobson, Joubert, Kelly, Milanzi, Mitchell, M'Soka, Msuha, Mweetwa, Nyahongo, Rosenblatt, Schuette, Sillero-Zubiri, Sinclair, Stanly-Price, Zimmermann & Pettorelli (2015) Developing fencing policies for dryland ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press
Belbachir, Pettorelli, Wacher, Belbachir-Bazi, Durant (2015) Monitoring rarity: the critically endangered saharan cheetah as a flagship species for a threatened ecosystem. PloS One 10
Stephens, Pettorelli, Barlow, Whittingham & Cadotte (2015) Management by proxy? The use of indices in applied ecology. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1-6
Turner, Rondinini, Pettorelli, Mora, Leidner, Szantoi, Buchanan, Dech, Dwyer, Herold, Koh, Leimgruber, Taubenboeck, Wegmann, Wikelski & Woodcock (2015) Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation 182: 173-176.
Duncan, Chauvenet, Brown & Pettorelli (2015) Energy availability, spatiotemporal variability, and implications for animal ecology. Diversity & Distribution 21: 290-301
Pettorelli, Nagendra, Williams, Rocchini & Fleishman (2014) A new platform to support research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 1: 1-3
Turvey & Pettorelli (2014) Spatial congruence in language and species richness but not threat in the world’s top linguistic hotspot. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 218: 20141644.
Pettorelli, Laurance, O’Brien, Wegmann, Harini & Turner (2014) Satellite Remote Sensing for Applied Ecologists: Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 839-848.
Durant, Pettorelli, Blackburn, Baillie, Boxshall, Brooks, Carbone, Coulson, Crees, Cunningham, Daniels, Deinet, ewen, Gaston, Gregory, Hayward, MacDonald, Mace, May, Norris, Pimm, Raffaelli, Redpath & Sutherland (2017) UK bill could prompt biodiversity loss. Nature 512: 253.