Bridging the gap between biodiversity and people with interdisciplinary research

Dr Christopher O'Bryan

Assistant Professor, System Earth Science Research Institute, Maastricht University 

My lab researches the link between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. This includes understanding the implications of our overexploitation of natural resources, quantifying the unique benefits that wildlife provide to human health and food security, and helping governments make better conservation decisions. 

Much of our work is interdisciplinary, including topics such as ecology, conservation, biogeography, decision science, and social science.

We strive to make our research accessible to both the scientific community and the general public.  As such, our studies have been published in high-quality peer-reviewed scientific journals like Nature Ecology & Evolution, Global Change Biology, and Ecology Letters

Because of the timeliness of our work, we have been featured in media outlets such as The Guardian, Scientific American, ABC News, and Wired Magazine and have been cited in national and global environmental policy.

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