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Professor in the Department of Biosciences+44 (0) 191 33 49102
Director of IAPETUS and Academic Lead at Durham in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health 


Phil Stephens graduated in Zoology from Bristol, took an MSc. in Conservation Biology at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and gained his PhD in population ecology from the University of East Anglia (2002).  His principal interests are in how evolved traits shape the fates of individuals and how those fates sum to determine the dynamics of populations.  These interests inform research on evolution, behaviour and conservation more broadly.

Research interests

  • Animal behaviour
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Camera trapping
  • Citizen science
  • Population dynamics of vertebrates
  • Population ecology
  • Wildlife management

Esteem Indicators

  • 2015: Member, Science Panel to Quality Assure the UK and England Biodiversity Indicators: Member of a small, independent expert panel to review the indicators used to assess UK government progress towards national and international biodiversity targets.
  • 2015: Member, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) review panel: Member of panel that met (in Lisbon) to assess and rank >250 grant applications to the major Portuguese science funding body.
  • 2014: Senior Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2014: Invited author: Population Viability Analysis: Peer reviewed contribution to the Oxford Bibliographies Online initiative.
  • 2012: Member, NERC Peer Review College:
  • 2007: Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2006: Acting Senior Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2005: Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2000: Associate Editor, Endangered Species Research:


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