Portrait of Dr Joseph William Bull

Dr Joseph William Bull

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science
Director of Research
REF coordinator


Dr Joseph Bull is a quantitative conservation scientist with an academic background in Ecology and Physics. Following a stint as a private-sector environmental consultant focusing on Ecology and Climate Change, he undertook a PhD at Imperial College London (2010–2014). He came to DICE in 2017 following completion of a Marie Curie H2020 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and remains a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford.
Joseph is primarily interested in natural resource management within dynamic socio-ecological systems, particularly in relation to economic development activities. His research currently focuses on biodiversity offsetting and the implementation of ‘no net loss’ policies, which he has explored all over the world (particularly in Central Asia, Australia, North America and Europe). He has also studied the management and conservation of wild populations, including saiga antelope in Uzbekistan and wolves in Scandinavia.
In 2012 Joseph co-founded an ecological consultancy (Wild Business Ltd), which he continues to direct. The consultancy puts conservation research into practice, particularly around the themes of ‘no net loss’ biodiversity and rewilding policies. 

Dr Joseph Bull is a member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology

Research interests

  • Moving ecological targets and dynamic conservation interventions
  • Biodiversity offsets and their role in achieving ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity alongside development
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation interventions under change scenarios, including development of useful baselines or counterfactuals (‘frames of reference’)
  • Business and corporate biodiversity strategy
  • Restoration and rewilding
  • Quantum biology and ecology


  • DI305: Biodiversity (module convenor)
  • DI522: Research Project (module convenor)
  • DI533: Professional Placements (module convenor)
  • DI545: Conservation Policy and Practice (module convenor)
  • DI537: Conservation Social Science: Methods and Research Design
  • DI876: Research Methods for Social Science (module convenor from September 2019)
  • DI1001: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Conservation (module convenor)


Dr Bull is interested in supervising PhD students who bring either natural or social science research methods and expertise to any of his key research themes. A list of his current PhD students can be found on his website.

In addition, Joseph supervises multiple BSc and MSc projects each year.


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

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