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I lead a team undertaking biodiversity conservation research in human-modified landscapes to inform conservation strategies with evidence. Research design and dissemination are collaborative, working with conservation agencies, ngo's, and land managers.
Our innovative Biodiversity Audit Approach quantifies regional biodiversity across multiple taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates) to objectively define priorities, and crucially then analyses their ecological requirements to generate cross-taxa 'management guilds', supporting integrated conservation delivery at landscape scales. Evidence has supported coherent management by farm clusters, a 280 km open-habitat invertebrate ‘super-highway’ network, spatially targetted implementaiton of agri-environmental measures, and one of the largest multi-taxa biodiversity management experiments in Europe.  Iternational work assesses consequences of changing human land-use for threatened species, particularly in central and SE Asia.

Key Research Interests

Evidence-based conservation, population processes, captive breeding and population reinforcement, conservation in anthropogenic landscapes.

EU INTERREG BID-REX: From Biodiversity data to Decisions: enhancing natural value through improved regional development policies.


BID-REX is funded by the EU INTERREG V Programme

Selected Publications

  • Hawkes, R.W., Smart, J., Brown, A., Jones, H., Lane, S.A., Lucas, C., McGill, J., Owens, N., Ratier-Backes, A., Webb, J.R., Wells, D., Dolman, P.M. (2020) Experimental evidence that novel land management interventions inspired by history enhance biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13827
  • Pedley, S.M., Dolman, P.M. (2020) Arthropod traits and assemblages differ between core patches, transient stepping-stones and landscape corridors. Landscape Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-020-00991-0
  • Warren-Thomas, E., Edwards, D.P., Bebber, D.P., Chhang, P., Diment, A.N., Evans, T.D., Lambrick, F.H., late Maxwell, J.F., Menghor, N., O’Kelly, H.J., Theilade, I., Dolman, P.M. (2018) Protecting tropical forests from the rapid expansion of rubber using carbon payments. Nature Communications 9, 911. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03287-9
  • Fuller, R.J., Williamson, T., Barnes, G., Dolman, P.M. (2017) Human activites and biodiversity opportunities in pre-industrial cultural landscapes: relevance to conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 459-469.https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12762
  • Dolman, P.M., Collar, N.J., Scotland, K.M., Burnside, R.J. (2015) Ark or park: the need to predict relative effectiveness of ex situ and in situ conservation before attempting captive breeding.  Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12449
  • Eleanor Warren-Thomas, E., Dolman, P.M., Edwards, D.P. (2015) Increasing demand for natural rubber necessitates a robust sustainability initiative to mitigate impacts on tropical biodiversity. Conservation Letters doi:10.1111/conl.12170
  • Yinqiu Ji, Ashton, L., Pedley, S.M., Edwards, D.P. Yong Tang, Nakamura, A., Kitching, R., Dolman, P.M., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F.A., Larsen, T.H., Hsu, W.W., Benedick, S., Hamer, K.C., Wilcove, D.S., Bruce, C., Xiaoyang Wang, Levi, T., Lott, M., Emerson, B.C., Yu, D.W. (2013) Reliable, verifiable and efficient monitoring of biodiversity via metabarcoding. Ecology Letters, 16, 1245–1257. doi: 10.1111/ele.12162
  • Dolman, P.M., Panter, C.J., Mossman, H.L. (2012) The biodiversity audit approach challenges regional priorities and identifies a mismatch in conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 986–997.  doi/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02174.x
  • Wright, H.L., Lake, I.R., Dolman, P.M. (2012). Agriculture - a key element for conservation in the developing world. Conservation Letters 5, 11-19. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00208.x
  • Sutherland, W.J., Pullin, A.S., Dolman, P.M., Knight, T.M. (2004). The need for evidence-based conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19, 305-308. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2004.03.018

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Professional Activities

  • Natural England Scientific Advisory Committee member
  • IUCN Bustard Specialist Group member

Teaching Interests

I contribute to two interdisciplinary conservation modules: UG Biodiversity Conservation & Human Society and MSc Evidence-based Global Conservation, and an MSc Ecological Survey Methods module based in the School of Biological Sciences, and supervise AEC (Applied Ecology and Conservation) and IMAE MSc student dissertation research

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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