Greg Counsell

Conservation Scientist - Social Science

  • Qualifications BSc MSc
  • Focus area
    People Policy
  • Location
    At the Zoo Madagascar and the Mascarenes

I joined the Chester Zoo team in April 2017 as Scientific Assistant and took on the role of Conservation Scientist in March 2018.

My main area of research interest lies in understanding the interplay between knowledge, attitude and behaviour and how we as conservationists can use these factors to implement effective conservation education programmes. I am especially interested in how culture, religion and human evolution impact our attitudes towards nature, our perception of ourselves within nature and our willingness to act for nature.

I work closely with our Discovery and Learning, Field Programmes and Animal teams on a range of projects, both evaluating our conservation education programmes as well as conducting research that seeks to better understand and maximise the wider role of zoos in conservation education.

Prior to this, I completed my M.Sc. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. The focus of my research was modelling how local biodiversity typically responds to human pressures. I also hold a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Manchester.