David George Raffaelli


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Dave has broad interests in ecosystem ecology, in marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems. These include marine food web dynamics; the relationships between catchment land-use, water quality and impacts on coastal receiving systems; the application of manipulative field experiments to large-scale conservation and management issues, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services; the influence of species body-size in community dynamics; the issues of communication in environmental debate; inter-disciplinary approaches to environmental management. He  enjoy collaborative, multidisciplinary projects, working extensively with other European colleagues and in North America, New Zealand and Australia. Most of his funding over the last 10 years has come from NERC and Defra.


Dave is professor of Environmental Science  and Director of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (BEES), a major (£13M) NERC programme seeking to explore the relationships between the natural environment and the benefits that contribute to human well-being. Until October 2010, he was Director of UKPopNet, a collaborative NERC Centre comprising York, Aberdeen, UEA, Leeds, Sheffield and CEH, which focussed on the population, community and ecosystem level science for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods. He was also Director of the NERC DIVERSITAS international project office bioSUSTAINABILITY, a global inter-disciplinary science plan exploring the social drivers behind biodiversity change and exploring issues and challenges surrounding the science-policy interface. He has been a Board Member of NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB), and served as interim NERC Biodiversity Theme Leader (Jan-May 2009). At pesent he is a board member of Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability (ACES), of Marine Alliance for Strategy and Technology Scotland (MASTS) 2010-13, and on the Expert Panel of the National Ecosystem Assessment (2011-).