Ivon Cuadros-Casanova

PhD Student in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

About myself

I have worked for scientific institutions and NGOs in different regions of the world, which has enriched my understanding on the biological and socioeconomic aspects influencing biodiversity conservation outcomes under different scenarios, mainly in marine and terrestrial protected areas. By practical experience and field work, I have advanced knowledge in the design of ecological assessment studies and long-term monitoring programmes, and understand the key role of ecological based science to achieve natural resource sustainability. I am interested in a further understanding on the ecological, social and economic significance of ecosystem services supply, as a way to influence environmental policy and law enforcement. In a broader sense, in pursuing a career at the interface of science, society, and policy.

About the PhD

My PhD project “How will halting biodiversity loss affect the achievement of other Sustainable Development Goals?” is part of the European Training Network Inspire4Nature, an international research training programme on biodiversity conservation. The main objective of this project is to explore the interactions between selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to understand to what extent the achievement of some goals will positively or negatively affect others, especially the ones directly or indirectly related to biodiversity conservation.  Although a comprehensive assessment of the interactions between all SDGs is not the aim of this PhD, it is important to understand the linkages between development and biodiversity conservation. For example, I will assess the implications of a scenario in which all currently globally threatened terrestrial mammal species would be considered of Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List – Goal 15 (Life on land) and the synergies and trade-offs this would create in relation to the achievement of other SDGs, in particular Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production). The research will be conducted under the supervision of Carlo Rondinini and Michela Pacifici from the Global Mammal Assessment Group (GMA), Diego Juffe-Bignoli and Neil Burgess from UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UN-WCMC), and Piero Visconti from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Research interests

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Science policy interface