Simon Potts - Curriculum Vitae#

Research Profile
  • Director, Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (20 staff and >30 PhD students), School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading-
  • Principal Investigator on multiple projects focusing on: environmental drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem services; role of ecosystem services in sustainable agriculture; and developing evidence-based management and policy options.-
  • Raised >€10M in grant income since 2002 from NERC, BBSRC, LWEC, Darwin Initiative, Defra, EU, and industry-
  • Currently supervising 11 PhD students with 43 PhD students completed-
  • Published >200 papers including those in Nature, Science, Ecology Letters, TREE, Proc. Roy. Soc. B, Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology. H-index = 69.

Policy roles
  • Co-Chair of UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) ‘Pollinator, Pollination and Food Production’ assessment
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO): Expert advisor for Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture
  • European Commission, DG Environment (ENV), DG Research and Innovation (RTD), DG Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), and DG Health and Consumers (SANCO): Advisor
  • European Food Standards Authority (ESFA): Advisor
  • European Parliament: Advisor
  • European Environment Agency (EEA): Advisor
  • Convention for Biological Diversity: Advisor
  • EU Pollinators Initiative (EPI): Advisor

NGO roles
  • IUCN Wild Bee Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission: Co-Chair
  • World Bee Project: Co-founder
  • Berkshire Local Nature Partnership (BLNP): Executive Board Member
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT): Advisor

Business roles
  • John Spaden Lewis Trust for Natural Sciences: Trustee
  • Waitrose Agronomy Group: Advisor
  • Innocent Drinks: Agricultural Sustainability Strategy Advisory Board
  • Coop Biodiversity Strategy: Advisor

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