Greg Counsell

Conservation Scientist - Social Science

  • Qualifications BSc MSc
  • Focus area
    People Policy
  • Location
    At the Zoo Latin America Madagascar and the Mascarenes South Asia South East Asia

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

I research human dimension of wildlife conservation, focussing on how human behaviour, values and knowledge influence, and are affected by, wildlife and natural systems. I am also interested in how culture, religion and human evolution shape our attitudes towards nature, our perception of ourselves within nature and our willingness to act for nature.

I work closely with our Field Programmes and Conservation Education & Engagement teams on a range of projects, both evaluating our conservation interventions as well as conducting research that seeks to better understand and maximise the role of human behavioural science within conservation.

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.