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Alec Philip Christie BSc Hons Marine Biology

Alec Philip Christie, BSc Hons Marine Biology

PhD student - "Determining the biases and consistencies in the evidence for conservation"

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 07955184785


I studied at the University of St Andrews for my BSc Hons in Marine Biology from 2013-2017. During my time I trained and helped conduct research on seals at the SMRU/SOI, cetaceans in Turkey with DMAD, and studied abroad at James Cook University, Australia, undertaking research on coral reefs with Dr Maria Dornelas and Professor Sean Connelly. I was also lucky enough to study polar ecology, including a field course to the Western Antarctic Peninsula in March 2017. I then applied for a PhD project advertised through the Cambridge ESS DTP and I'm happy to be joining the Conservation Evidence group here in the UCCRI.

I am very interested in communicating science and conservation issues to the public and particularly interested in becoming a wildlife television presenter. In my spare time I am also an amateur wildlife photographer, love getting outdoors and playing all sorts of sports when I can.

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
PhD Candidate

Research Interests

My research aims to answer how we can rate the quality, geographical applicability and effectiveness of conservation interventions so that species and ecosystems are conserved using more evidence-based approaches. Not all studies are created equal, with differences in sample size, effort and methodological design most likely influencing effect sizes in conservation intervention research. One of my first challenges is to disentangle how this occurs and how we can come up with an objective scoring method to judge studies' reliability (i.e. quality).

The end goal of the PhD is to contribute to the development of an online tool that would allow conservationists and practitioners in the field to find the best supported conservation intervention for them to use in their local patch for a given issue. I also hope to contribute to the synthesis of evidence for marine conservation interventions as part of the ambitious Conservation Evidence group project (

Other Publications

House JE, Bidaut LM, Christie AP, Pizarro O, Dornelas M. (2016Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volumePeerJ Preprints4:e2443v2

(Soon to be published but currently a pre-print)