Professor David Edwards

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

+44 114 222 0147

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Professor David Edwards
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
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 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 logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
  • Tropical agriculture and sustainability.
  • The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk.
  • Cost-effective conservation within the tropics.
  • Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling.
  • Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism.
Research group

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

Nelson Grima
Socio-economic valuation of ecosystem services in the tropical Andes

Anne Cotton
Impacts of land-use change on soil fauna and processes

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)

Cindy Cosset
Combining advanced spatial mark-recapture modelling with network analysis to understand the impacts of tropical selective logging (Centre for Advanced Biological Modelling)

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

Matthew Hethcoat
Measuring tropical forest degradation and its consequences using satellite data (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, co-supervised with S. Quegan)

Felix Lim
Preventing perverse market outcomes from high-yielding tropical crops (Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures)

Manoela Machado
Managing selective logging to minimize the risk of Amazonian wildfire (Ciencias sem Fronteiras)

Michael Massam
Planning Amazonian logging to maximize biodiversity retention (NERC)

Simone Messina
How does selective logging affect avian physiology? (Belgium, co-supervised with D. Costantini, University of Antwerp)

MRes/MBiolSci Students

Letitia Cookson
How does logging impact physiology of Amazonian butterflies?

Oscar Morten
Cost-effective conservation using REDD+ in shifting agricultural systems