Staff - Writtle University College


Research Staff

Professor P R Hobson; Professor in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainability; Co-director for Centre For Econics & Ecosystem Management

Peter is a Professor in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainability within the School of Sustainable Environments, Writtle University College, UK. He is also currently acting co-director for the Centre of Econics and Ecosystem Management in partnership with Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. Apart from his academic roles as principal lecturer and research leader, Peter also serves on the board of trustees for the UK Wilderness Foundation and as scientific advisor for European Society for Conservation Policy Group; Rewilding Britain; Wild Europe; Essex County Council Natural Capital Commissioning Group; and Forestry Commission Woodland Group. His research interests include the application of ecosystem theory propositions, specifically thermodynamics, to natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes. For the last 10 years Peter research has focused on thermodynamic measures of ecosystem function in forested landscapes and how this research may contribute to a new paradigm of sustainable land use practice referred to as “econics”.

PhD research projects

2008 - 2011  P.Mickleburgh. Effects of forest structure on microclimatic conditions in Boreal & Atlantic forests

2010 - 2014  C Norris. Evaluating thermodynamic function in terrestrial ecosystems: Implications for resilience in the context of rapid environmental change

2011 - 2015  G Spanjar. Assessing ecosystem function for urban green spaces

2010 - 2014  L Freudenberger. Use of global ecosystem functional indicators in the prioritisation of sites for conservation

2011 - 2015  S.Konau. Influence of public perceptions in the design and planning of urban green spaces in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka

2013 - 2016  M.Siek Predator - prey relationships under climate change: Which environmental factors influence the interactions between wolf and moose on the Isle Royale

2012 - 2016. A Mensah. Investigating transaction costs incurred between smallholder farmers and traders in rural Ghana & how they can be reduced through the development of institutional innovations

2015 - on-going.  K.Kalteis. influence of plant functional traits and vegetation structure on forest microclimatic conditions

2016 - on-going. D. Avenar, Lisbon University. Applied Ecosystem theory and thermodynamics in the formulation of sustainable land management principles - Econics

2016 - on-going.  A Schick, Potsdam University. Community-based adaptive ecosystem management, MARISCO

Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch

Professor P Ibisch; Biodiversity Conservation; Co-director for Centre For Econics & Ecosystem Management

Pierre L. Ibisch, professor for Nature Conservation and research professor for Ecosystem-based Sustainable Development at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, and co-director of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management. He started working with mapping the impacts of roads for conservation planning in Bolivia in the context of ecoregional conservation and national conservation planning from 1998 onwards. Back to Europe, he supported the Roadless Initiative of the Europe section of the Society for Conservation Biology from the very beginning. Amongst others, he is interested in developing tools and methods for mapping and assessing roadless areas. He is involved in conservation science projects around the world and has been to some of the most remote and fascinating roadless areas.

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