Simon Pooley

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Dr Simon Pooley

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Department of Geography

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Lambert Lecturer in Environment


I grew up in nature reserves in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where my parents were conservationists whose research focused on crocodilians and the indigenous flora. I have degrees from the universities of Oxford and Birkbeck in the U.K., and Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal in S. Africa. Before taking up the Lambert Lectureship, I was a lecturer and course director in conservation science at Imperial College London. I completed my D.Phil in environmental history (University of Oxford) in 2010, going on to Junior Research Fellowships at St Antony’s College, Oxford (2010-2012) and Imperial College London (2012-2015).

I am currently the Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology), a bequest lectureship created by Michael Lambert, a Fellow of Birkbeck College. Lambert’s work was described as: ‘formative, not to say inspirational for the new field of applied herpetology; with its view of human and natural species as mutually constitutive rather than distinct or antagonistic, it is a template for new kinds of collaboration between biologists, ecologists, pharmacologists, even ethnographers and cultural historians.’ I couldn’t have asked for a better description of my research aspirations.

Since 2016, I have worked hard to realise this vision for the role, doing research and outreach work in southern Africa and India (including posters, bibliographies, pamphlets and workshops), participating in international conservation networks and publishing and presenting my work on human-crocodilian interactions in international fora. I recently completed a review of human-crocodilian interactions across Central and South America and the Caribbean with Crocodile Specialist Group colleagues.

I am active on human-crocodile interactions in the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, and more generally on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence as a member of the IUCN Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence (I a leading on coexistence within the TF, and editing a forthcoming special issue on this for Frontiers in Conservation Science).

Research Interests:

Human-wildlife conflict and coexistence; history of conservation science; crocodilians; wildfire in Africa, and Mediterranean-type ecosystems; bioinvasions, rewilding.

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