Nathalie Seddon

Nathalie Seddon was senior associate with IIED's Natural Resources research group

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Languages: English, Spanish

Nathalie has more than 20 years of experience working in tropical environments as an evolutionary ecologist and conservation biologist. She now works at the science-policy interface in the areas of nature-based solutions to the causes and consequences of climate change, and in the role of biodiversity and natural capital in the sustainable development agenda.

She was a visiting fellow and then senior associate at IIED from September 2015, based in the biodiversity team working on the BMUB/IKI (International Climate Initiative)-funded project exploring the effectiveness of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation (EbA). In particular, she evaluated approaches to defining and determining the ecological and social resilience of EbA projects.

She also quantified the provision for EbA in the INDCs submitted to UNFCCC and presented IIED's EbA work at the UN climate meeting in Bonn in May 2016.

Before IIED

Nathalie obtained her first degree in Natural Sciences and her PhD in evolutionary ecology and conservation at the University of Cambridge (Department of Zoology).

She then held a junior research fellowship at Cambridge before moving to Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2005 to study the diversification and conservation of Neotropical birds.

Four years later, she was appointed a university lecturer; became director of the Biodiversity Institute in November 2013, and was made Professor of Biodiversity in January 2015. She is also a research associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.