Joe W. Bull
School School of Anthropology and Conservation,
Marlowe Building, The University of Kent,
Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NR,
T: +44 (0)1227 827056
My overall research interest lies in exploring, at the landscape scale, which components of biodiversity are the most crucial to protect and restore – given that ecosystems are dynamic, uncertain and subject to change. To do so, I work with simulation models and algorithms, large secondary (and occasionally primary) data sets, and spatial analysis of data including satellite imagery.
I have a particular interest in investigating the impacts of the private sector upon global biodiversity, and investigating mechanisms through which business can manage impacts and fund conservation and restoration activities.
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
2017- current Lecturer in Conservation Science at DICE, University of Kent
2015 – 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow, University of Copenhagen
2015 – current Visiting Researcher, University of Oxford
2014 – 2015 Visiting Researcher, Imperial College London
2012 – current Director and co-founder, Wild Business Ltd
2012 – 2014 International Consultant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
2011 – 2011 Researcher, CEED, RMIT University (Australia)
2010 – 2014 PhD candidate, Imperial College London/FFI
2009 – 2010 Research associate, WildCRU, University of Oxford
2006 – 2010 Environmental consultant, Bureau Veritas
2005 – 2006 MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College London
2002 – 2005 BSc Physics, Imperial College London
Bull, J.W., Abatayo, A., Strange, N. (in press) "Counterintuitive Proposals for Trans-boundary Ecological Compensation Under ‘No Net Loss’ Biodiversity Policy" Ecological Economics.
Bull, J.W., Strange, N. (2017) Demonstrating biodiversity offset policy outcomes using the classic “Trading in a Pit Market” classroom game. Vestnik of the Tyumen State University, 3(1). (pdf)
Bull, J.W., Lloyd, S.P., Strange, N. (2017) Implementation gap between the theory and practice of biodiversity offset multipliers. Conservation Letters, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12335
Real, R., Barbosa, A.M. & Bull, J.W. “Species distributions, quantum theory, and the enhancement of biodiversity measures”. Systematic Biology (pdf)
Keith, S.A. & Bull, J.W. “Animal culture impacts species’ capacity to realise climate-driven range shifts”. Ecography (pdf)
Bull, J.W., Maron, M. (2016) “How humans drive speciation as well as extinction”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2016.0600.
Bull, J.W., Gordon, A., Watson, J.E.M., Maron, M. (2016) “Seeking convergence on key concepts in No Net Loss policy”. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.12726.
Maron, M., Ives, C., Kujala, H., Bull, J.W., et al. (2016) “Taming a wicked problem: resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting”. BioScience, DOI:10.1093/biosci/biw038.
Bull, J.W., Jobstvogt, N., Böhnke-Henrichs, A., Mascarenhas, A., Sitas, N., Baulcomb, C., et al. (2016) “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats: a SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework”. Ecosystem Services, 17: 99–111.
Bull, J.W., Brownlie, S. (2015) “The transition from No Net Loss to a Net Gain of biodiversity is far from trivial”. Oryx. DOI:10.1017/S0030605315000861.
Bull, J.W., Hardy, M.J., Moilanen, A., Gordon, A. (2015) “Categories of flexibility in biodiversity offsetting, and the implications of out-of-kind ecological compensation”. Biological Conservation. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.08.003.
Bull, J.W., Singh N.J., Suttle K.B., Bykova E.A., Milner-Gulland E.J. (2015) “Creating a frame of reference for conservation interventions”. Land Use Policy, 49: 273–286. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.08.005.
Bull, J.W., Gordon, A. (2015) “Schrödinger’s microbe: implications of coercing a living organism into a coherent quantum mechanical state”. Biology and Philosophy, DOI: 10.1007/s10539-015-9500-4.
Maron, M., Bull, J.W., Evans, M.C., Gordon, A. (2015) “Locking in loss: baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies”. Biological Conservation, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.05.017
Bull, J.W. (2015) “Quantum conservation biology: a new ecological tool”. Conservation Letters, 8(4): 227–229. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12195
Gordon, A., Bull, J.W., Wilcox, C., Maron, M. (2015) “Perverse incentives risk undermining biodiversity offset policies”. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 532–537. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12398.
Bull, J.W., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Suttle, K.B., Singh N.J. (2014) “Comparing biodiversity offset calculation methods with a case study in Uzbekistan”. Biological Conservation, 178: 2–10.
Bull, J.W., Gordon, A., Law, E., Suttle, K.B., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2014) “The importance of baseline specification in evaluating conservation interventions and achieving no net loss of biodiversity”. Conservation Biology, 28(3): 799–809.
Jones, I.L.*, Bull J.W.*, Milner-Gulland, E.J., Esipov A.V., Suttle, K.B. (2014) “Quantifying habitat impacts of natural gas infrastructure to facilitate biodiversity offsetting”. Ecology and Evolution, 4(1): 79-90. (*shared lead authorship).
Bull, J.W., Suttle, K.B., Gordon, A., Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2013) “Biodiversity offsets in theory and practice”. Oryx, 47(3): 369-380.
Bull, J.W., Suttle, K.B., Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2013) “Conservation when nothing stands still: moving targets and biodiversity offsets”. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11(4): 203-210.
Sandom, C., Bull, J.W., Canney, S., Macdonald, D.W. (2012) “Exploring the Value of Wolves (Canis lupus) in Landscape-Scale Fenced Reserves for Ecological Restoration in the Scottish Highlands”. In: M. Hayward & M. Somers (eds) Fencing for Conservation. Springer
Bull, J.W., Nilsen, E., Mysterud, A., Milner-Gulland, E.J., (2009) “Survival on the Border: a population model to evaluate management options for Norway’s wolves Canis lupus”. Wildlife Biology, 15: 412-424.
Notable reports and articles not subject to peer review
Bull, J.W., Bryant, C., Baker, J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2015) “Developing, measuring and communicating the outcomes of corporate biodiversity strategies”. London, UK; Wild Business Ltd.
Bull, J.W. (2015) “Comparing biodiversity offset methodologies”. Decision Point, 85:6-7
Bennun, L.A., Ekstrom, J., Bull, J.W. (2014) “Integrating the value of natural capital into private and public investment: the role of information”. The Biodiversity Consultancy; Cambridge, UK
Bull, J.W. (2014) “Biodiversity offsets use in the UK: how, where and when?” ECOS, 34(3/4): 3-7.
Bull, J.W. (2013) “Here comes the wild world”. Wellcome Trust [available at: www.wellcome.ac.uk].
Bull, J.W. & Esipov, A.V. (2013) “Ancient techniques for hunting saigas in Ustyurt: the remains of arrans”. Saiga News, 16: 18-19.
Bull, J.W. (2013) “Tackling the moving target problem”. Decision Point, 71:6-7.
Victoria Griffiths (current), PhD, Imperial College London.
Hannah Hamilton (current), PhD, Trinity College Dublin.
Daisy Blackhurst (2012), MSc, Imperial College London. Thesis: “Biodiversity Offsetting: A Qualitative Exploration of Applicability and Thresholds”.
Isabel Jones (2012), MRes, Imperial College London. Thesis: “Oil and gas development in Uzbekistan: vegetation responses to disturbance on the Ustyurt plateau”.