Professor David Edwards

School of Biosciences

Professor of Conservation Science

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Professor David Edwards
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • Professor of Conservation Science, University of Sheffield (2018-present)
  • Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Sheffield (2016-18)
  • Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Sheffield (2013-16)
  • ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (2011-13)
  • STEP Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University (2010-11)
  • Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds (2007-10)
  • PhD University of East Anglia (2005)
  • BSc University of East Anglia (2000)
Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change and wildlife trade on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including;

  • Impacts of selective logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Global wildlife trade
  • Tropical agriculture, mining and sustainability
  • Conservation policy and carbon-based payments for ecosystem services in the tropics
  • Pan-tropical Forest and Landscape Restoration agenda.

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Post-doctoral Researchers

Simon Mills
Impacts of tropical land-use change in montane systems

Felicity Edwards
Managing tropical land-use change to optimize biodiversity, ecosystem services and cultural values

Edicson Parra
The impacts of land-use change on community dynamics in orchids

Jacob Socolar
The impacts of tropical land-use change on beta-diversity

Simon Mitchell
Non-linearities in avian responses to land-use change in Wallacea

Matthew Hethcoat
Measuring selective logging in the Neotropics.

PhD Students

Abdulkareem Ahmed
Expansion and conservation implications of mining in Africa (Nigeria)

Catherine Finlayson
Optimising the restoration of logged forests for carbon and biodiversity (NERC, co-supervised with R. Freckleton)

Joergen Sand Saeboe
Optimising carbon and biodiversity co-benefits across spatial scales (Norway, co-supervised with T. Haugaasen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Maria Wang
Minimizing ecological and social externalities in rubber expansion (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Future)

Luke Nelson
Identifying optimal conservation strategies for resident and Afro-Palearctic migrant birds in West Africa (NERC)

Patrick Cannon
Modelling the long-term recovery dynamics of selectively logged tropical forest (Centre for Advanced Biological Modelling, co-supervised with R. Freckleton)

Emma Hughes
Global change and the future of avian diversity (NERC, co-supervised with G. Thomas)

Chris Bousfield 
Impact of tropical selective logging on avian feeding interactions

Daniel O’Neill 
Impact of human conflict on biodiversity conservation (co-supervised with D Childs)

Edgar Cifuentes
Neotropical microclimates: understanding the synergistic impacts of climate and land-use change on biodiversity in tropical forests (Colciencias, co-supervised with D. Coomes, University of Cambridge)

Joceleye Sze
Effectiveness of Indigenous Lands in reducing deforestation and biodiversity loss

Hafidz bin Abdullah
Achieving sustainability in selective logging (Malaysia)

Oscar Morton
Understanding the sustainability of global wildlife trade

Gianluca Cerullo
Evaluating the values, costs and trade-offs of diverse forest restoration types (co-supervised with A. Balmford, University of Cambridge)

Dharma Sapkota
Dharma Sapkota. Impacts of tropical fire on biodiversity (co-supervised with K. Evans)

MRes/MBiolSci Students

Ben Birch
Land-sparing vs land-sharing impacts on biodiversity in the Amazon

Bryn Coffey
Impact of paramo degradation in biodiversity Saransh Gothi. Impacts of land-use change across elevations

Liam Hughes
Global impacts of wildlife trade on biodiversity

Peter Tarrant
Impacts of logging degradation on dung beetle physiology

Robert Tarrant
The role of dispersal ability in mediating impacts of land-use change