Tom Oliver


Track 4 | Life and planet | University of Reading, UK

Tom Oliver is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of Reading. He spent four years as leader of their Ecology and Evolution Research Division and has held advisory roles with both the UK government and the European Environment Agency. He works to provide effective solutions by understanding connections between our social systems and the environment, and stresses the urgency of changing underlying mind-sets about how we relate to the world.

His current areas of interest are: interactions between land use and climate change on biodiversity, spatiotemporal indicators for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and biodiversity and the resilience of ecosystem functions.

Professor Oliver started off as a zoology student at the Imperial College London where he also obtained his PhD in 2008. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book The Self Delusion: The Surprising Science of Our Connection to Each Other and the Natural World

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