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Professor Andrew Balmford FRS

Professor Andrew Balmford, FRS

Professor of Conservation Science

Andrew Balmford is interested in taking PhD students.

Room 418 Austin Building
Office Phone: 01223 (3)31770


After ten years as an undergraduate, PhD student and research fellow in Cambridge, I was a research fellow at the Institute of Zoology in London, and then a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. In 1998 I returned to Cambridge's Zoology Department, where I teach conservation science, and help run the Conservation Science Group.

Research Themes

Conservation Science:
All Principal Investigators:

Conservation science

Research Interests

My research focuses on the costs and benefits of conservation, how best to reconcile conservation and farming, examining what works in conservation, reconnecting people and nature, conservation planning, and quantifying the changing state of nature. Focusing on developing countries, I try to tackle these questions through fieldwork, analyses of large databases, and modeling, and strive to work with colleagues in other disciplines. I am also extremely keen on building close working relationships between conservation scientists and conservation practitioners, and so co-founded the Cambridge Conservation Forum; am closely involved in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative; and with Rhys Green, Rosie Trevelyan and Shireen Green run the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.

Key Publications

Balmford, A. 2012. Wild hope: on the frontlines of conservation success. University of Chicago Press.

Phalan, B., M. Onial, A. Balmford & R.E. Green. 2011. Reconciling food production and biodiversity conservation: land sharing and land sparing compared. Science 333: 1289-1291.

Rodrigues, A.S.L., R.M. Ewers, L. Parry, C. Souza Jr., A. Vérissimo & A. Balmford. 2009. Boom-and-bust development patterns across the Amazon deforestation frontier. Science 324: 1435-1437.

Balmford, A. & R.M. Cowling. 2006. Fusion or failure? The future of conservation biology. Conserv. Biol.20: 692-695.

Green, R.E., S. Cornell, J.P.W. Scharlemann & A. Balmford. 2005. Farming and the fate of wild nature. Science 307: 550-555.

Balmford, A., A. Bruner, P. Cooper, R. Costanza, S. Farber, R. E. Green, M. Jenkins, P. Jefferiss, V. Jessamy, J. Madden, K. Munro, N. Myers, S. Naeem, J. Paavola, M. Rayment, S. Rosendo, J. Roughgarden, K. Trumper & R. K. Turner.2002. Why conserving wild nature makes economic sense. Science 297: 950-953.

Balmford, A., L. Clegg, T. Coulson & J. Taylor. 2002. Why conservationists should heed Pokémon. Science 295: 2367.

Balmford, A., J.L. Moore, T. Brooks, N. Burgess, L.A. Hansen, P.H. Williams & C. Rahbek. 2001. Conservation conflicts across Africa. Science 291: 2616-2619.