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Staff Profile - Professor Peter Hobson

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Peter  Hobson

Professor Peter Hobson


Professor in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability;
Co-Director of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management


15 years in higher education, before that worked in industry – forestry commission and RSPB. Over the last 13 years served as course manager for various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in conservation management. In 2006 wrote and launched the current MSc in Conservation Management U Global Change. In 2011 established the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management with Co-Director Professor Pierre Ibisch from Eberswalde University, Germany. Through the Centre involved in high profile international conservation across the globe – Central America, Korea, south east Europe, Asia Minor. Continue to serve as scientific advisor on various UK agency committees (FC and Environment Agency), as well as the European Conservation Biology Policy Group, and Wild Europe Committee.


BSc (Hons) Zoology
MSc Environmental Resources
PhD historical ecology of an ancient forest – Wyre

Subject Areas

Habitat Evaluation; Habitat Management for Conservation; Conservation Policy & Leadership Skills; Protected Area Management; Landscape Ecology, Management of Sustainable Ecosystems; Biological surveying; Climate change, Species Conservation and Climate Change


Research in Ecosystem thermodynamics and sustainability with particular reference to forests.

"Econics" - applying ecosystem theory and close-to-nature science in adaptive management solutions for landscapes.

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