Portrait of Dr Joseph Bull

Dr Joseph Bull

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science
Director of Research
REF Co-ordinator


Dr Joseph Bull is an ecologist, conservation scientist and practitioner: currently Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology/University of Kent, Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford, and co-founder of Wild Business Ltd.

Joseph has a BSc in Physics, an MSc in Environmental Technology and a PhD in Ecology from Imperial College London. During his PhD, he worked closely with the Academy of Sciences (Uzbekistan) and RMIT/University of Queensland (Australia); afterwards, he completed a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Additional highlights of his work to date include expeditions for tropical field ecology (Peru, Malaysia), for wildlife biology (Norway), and leading a team for Engineers without Borders (Nepal).

In both his research activities and consultancy practice, he employs field ecology, computer science, remote sensing, integration and statistical analysis of large datasets, and counterfactual impact evaluation.

Connecting all of the above is an interest in finding practical yet technically robust approaches towards better understanding and conserving nature.

Research interests

  • Dynamic systems ecology and social-ecological systems
  • The mitigation hierarchy, and achieving ‘no net loss’ or 'net gain' of biodiversity alongside economic development
  • The effectiveness of conservation interventions, including counterfactual impact evaluation
  • Business and corporate biodiversity conservation strategies
  • Restoration ecology and rewilding
  • Fundamental questions in biology



A list of the PhD researchers Dr Bull currently supervises can be found here: http://joewbull.com/science.

In addition, he supervises numerous BSc and MSc research projects every year.

Dr Bull is interested in supervising PhD/MSc/BSc students who bring either natural or social science research methods and expertise to any of his key research themes.


Dr Bull has been providing science-based consultancy services on biodiversity conservation and other environmental topics for 15 years. Please see the following for more information on clients and projects: http://www.wildbusiness.org/.

He is available to provide topical comment or in-depth discussion on topics related to biodiversity offsetting, 'no net loss'/'net gain', and any other aspects of business interaction with biodiversity/private sector nature conservation interventions.

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