Chris Coles

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Chris is an ecologist, micro-economist, amateur photographer, cycle traveller and totally unqualified Medieval history enthusiast. He loves great food produced in a way that helps wild plants and creatures to thrive.

He studied zoology at Aberdeen University, producing a thesis on golden eagle diet in Argyll, Scotland, before further indulging his obsession with birds of prey through work on hen harriers and peregrine falcons. He gained a PhD from Durham University on the landscape-scale ecology of tawny owls in Kielder Forest, Northumberland. He was a founder member of The Centre For Evidence Based Conservation at Birmingham University, adapting models for evaluation of the effectiveness medical and public health interventions for application to conservation practice.

While researching and teaching tropical ecology in Tanzania he developed interests in natural resource management and human development. During his time at London’s Overseas Development Institute, Chris co-wrote and edited a book — Markets and Rural Poverty — on incorporating environmental, social and gender issues into rural economic development.

His day job is consulting on sustainable, ‘pro-poor’ agricultural, private sector and tourism development.


Imaging equipment

Nikon D750 full-frame SLR with Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lenses. Relatively lightweight with great image quality, amazing dynamic range and impressive high ISO performance.

Nikon D7200 with Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4 PF ED VR lens and AF-S TC-14E III 1.4x teleconverter. Long reach for nature photography in a small, lightweight package — no tripod required. The D7200 has been a bargain since the release of the D500 and D7500.

The Fujifilm X100s, a lightweight mirrorless APS sensor camera. Superb image quality from a great sensor and lens combination, albeit with quirky handling and a convoluted menu system. Discreet and small enough to take anywhere.

GoPro Hero4 Black for video footage, with a handy screen for framing and not-so-useful (in the housings at any rate) touch screen.

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