Olga Isupova

Olga is a senior researcher of machine learning and artificial intelligence at the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery (LCNR). She works on applying machine learning for nature recovery: digitising historic topographic maps for estimating deforestation over time, deriving forest health from remote sensing, measuring biodiversity via acoustics. She is passionate to develop novel machine learning methods that serve nature recovery.

Felipe Martello

Felipe is a community and spatial ecologist focusing on how spatial structure influences biodiversity and related ecological processes. In his research, he studies the effects of anthropogenic landscape structures on different facets of biodiversity, including taxonomic diversity, functional diversity and beta diversity. Currently, he also seeks to use the multidimensionality of biodiversity to gain insights into natural capital biological assets, both in pristine and recovering natural areas. Felipe has also developed computational spatial modelling tools for nature recovery, including the simulation of ecological corridors and the identification of priority areas for restoration and conservation.

He is currently an ecological remote sensing postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, funded by Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, where he is working on the use of Earth Observation data to map aspects of ecosystem functionality and resilience, and to assess the temporal dynamics of land use and land cover change in areas dedicated to nature recovery.

Erle Ellis

Erle Ellis is Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where he directs the Anthroecology Laboratory.

His research investigates the ecology of human landscapes at local to global scales to inform sustainable stewardship of the biosphere in the Anthropocene. His recent work examines long-term changes in Earth’s ecology produced by human societies through the concept of anthropogenic biomes, or anthromes, a term he introduced in 2008.

He has developed online tools for global synthesis of local knowledge (GLOBE) and inexpensive tools for mapping landscapes in 3D (Ecosynth). He is a Global Highly Cited Researcher, a UMBC Presidential Research Professor, a lead author on the IPBES Transformative Change Assessment, a Fellow of the Global Land Programme, a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute and a former member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. He teaches environmental science and landscape ecology at UMBC and has taught ecology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. His first book, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Flurina Wartmann

Flurina Wartmann is a social environmental geographer who focuses on human-nature relationships, with a particular interest on cultural landscape values and people-place relations. She uses digital media, public surveys, and participatory research methods, such as participatory mapping and GIS, to explore society-nature relations.

At the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery, Flurina works on exploring the landscape aesthetics of nature recovery in the UK. This research will contribute to understand how perceptions about what the landscape ought to look like enable and constrain nature recovery.

Kay Jenkinson

Kay leads the knowledge exchange work of the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery.  She will be assisting researchers to develop strong links with stakeholders to enable greater impact for their research.

Raphaella Mascia
Cecilia Dahlsjo

Cecilia is a senior researcher with a passion for ecosystem functioning and a particular fondness for things that crawl and creep. She manages and coordinates the ecological work for the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery (LCNR) around Oxfordshire where she is developing a gradient of grazing intensity for studies on the effectiveness of regenerative farming. Cecilia is involved with research coordination across the Wytham Green Estate where she in the process of establishing a network of baseline data that can be utilised by a wide range of research projects. She also runs a NERC funded project on the ecological and multitrophic impact of ash dieback in Wytham Woods as well as a master’s elective on Nature Recovery that aims to introduce the students to the complexities of nature recovery and the ongoing work at the LCNR.

Jed Soleiman

Jed is passionate about rewilding and regenerative agriculture, particularly in exploring and understanding how to encourage nature recovery in soils and their responses to different interventions. Focusing mainly on the UK, Jed has previously worked on understanding mycorrhizal responses to rewilding at the Knepp Wildland, and is now also partnered with the Centre for High Carbon Capture Cropping (CHCx3) to investigate soils under regenerative agriculture regimes. It is hoped that this knowledge can help contribute to and inform successful landscape scale conservation and nature recovery in the UK.

Jed holds an MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and an MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford, with previous experience prior to beginning his postgraduate studies working in circular economy consulting. In his spare time, Jed is also a keen gardener and forager who loves to share his passions with anyone who’s keen to listen!

Huanyuan Zhang-Zheng

Huanyuan has special interest in applying mathematical modelling and remote sensing technique in studying the terrestrial carbon cycle. Before coming to Oxford, Huanyuan completed a dual-Bachelor Degree in Environmental science, University of Birmingham and Sun Yat-sen University. an MRes on Ecosystem and Environmental change, Imperial College London. Before coming to Oxford, Huanyuan previously worked on the CO2 fertilization effect on terrestrial ecosystem and land carbon sink modelling. Huanyuan is also a qualified PADI dive master.

Emilie Vrain

Dr Emilie Vrain is a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. As a social scientist, her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, analysing factors which influence the adoption and use of digital low carbon innovations. Emilie currently works on the iDODDLE project funded by the European Research Council and is investigating the underlying mechanisms of digital daily life and the impacts on climate change.