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Dr Cath Tayleur

Dr Cath Tayleur

Conservation Scientist - RSPB

Project Officer: Agriculture, biodiversity and livelihoods - BirdLife International

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (7)65398


I am an Ecologist working for the RSPB but based within the Conservation Science group at Cambridge University. I am working on a project to map and assess the distribution of eco-certification schemes for tropical cropsI also work part-time at BirdLife International helping to run a project looking at the sustainability of shea butter production in West Africa. 

Previously, I worked at Lund University identifying the impacts of climate change on Swedish birds and at the British Trust for Ornithology assessing the efficacy of agri-environment schemes for farmland birds.

Research Interests

Eco-certification of tropical commodities

Where and how commodities are grown has important implications for global biodiversity and in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the supply and demand for eco-certified products. Eco-certification schemes provide an important framework for enhancing the sustainability of our supply chains, but we currently know little about where certified farms are located. In my current project I will map the location and extent of tropical crop certification and use this to (1) assess the distribution of certified crops in relation to areas of biodiversity, deforestation and poverty; (2) identify priority regions for enhancing positive outcomes; and (3) investigate opportunities for leveraging more strategic spatial targeting of agricultural eco-certification.

The impacts of climate change on bird communities

I'm also interested in combining community and individual approaches to gain perspective on climate change mechanisms. To do this, I have studied macroecological patterns, population trends and distribution shifts using data from national surveys in Sweden and the UK. During my research at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University, I examined changes in bird assemblages, identified the contribution of different species to community changes, assessed the distributional and abundance changes of individual species and sought to characterize the traits that influence species response.