Nathalie Seddon

  • Professor of Biodiversity, Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative - University of Oxford, Department of Zoology,

Research interests

Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College. She has broad interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change.

Nathalie trained as an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Cambridge and has over 20 years of research experience in tropical forests. Her research now focuses on determining the ecological and socioeconomic effectiveness of nature-based solutions to societal challenges, and how best to increase the influence of robust biodiversity science on the design and implementation of climate and development policy.

In 2017, she founded the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, a programme of interdisciplinary research, policy advice, and education aimed at bringing the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda. She is a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development and a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Martin School.

Nathalie advises governments, UN agencies and businesses on Nature-based Solutions and is a Friend of CoP26, i.e. one of 25 global experts currently advising the UK government on CoP26.