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 of 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, agricultural, private sector and tourism development.

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