Prue Addison

University of Oxford,

Department of Zoology, 

11a Mansfield Road,

Oxford OX1 3SZ, UK



I am a conservation scientist who is passionate about improving the use of science in decision-making. Most of my work has been associated with the ocean, following my dream of becoming a marine scientist when I was eight years old. My career began with a strong ecological focus, investigating the dynamics of rocky intertidal reef communities in Australia. Since then my research has evolved considerably and I now work as a conservation scientist facilitating the improved use of scientific evidence in conservation management.

Through my research, I spend a lot of my time working with decision-makers in government and business on conservation projects. I use interdisciplinary methods to understand stakeholders’ needs, and develop approaches to help improve the use of scientific evidence in their conservation projects. I frame a lot of my research using structured decision-making, which helps provide a rigorous process to guide stakeholders through complex environmental decisions. This involves a series of steps and a large toolbox of available techniques to help incorporate both scientific evidence and human values into decision making, acknowledging that environmental decision-making is not a value-free process.


Prue Addison is a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow who works closely with multinational businesses, government agencies and NGOs bringing lessons from conservation science to help mainstream biodiversity in the private sector. Prue's work focuses on corporate biodiversity accountability in particular, helping businesses develop systems to measure, evaluate and report on their biodiversity performance. Please explore the Knowledge Exchange @ ICCS web pages to find out what Prue and her collaborators are up to!

Postdoctoral Researcher and Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. 2016–current. In this role I am facilitating the transfer of biodiversity research to address key conceptual and operational challenges associated with corporate biodiversity strategies. I am working closely with businesses to help operationalise the ‘no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity’ principle, where biodiversity losses should be avoided where possible, and residual losses balanced with biodiversity gains to ensure overall NNL.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Decision Scientist)Australian Institute of Marine Science. 2014–2015

Research focus: 1) investigating ways to improve the use of biodiversity monitoring data in marine protected area management; and 2) using structured decision-making as a framework to develop decision-making tools, to support the integration of scientific evidence in evidence-based conservation management. Research outputs: “Towards an integrated monitoring program: identifying indicators and existing monitoring programs to cost-effectively evaluate the Long Term Sustainability Plan” (NESP project 3.8); “A cost-effectiveness protocol used to assist in the prioritisation of the second phase of Reef Trust investment” (Report to the Department of the Environment).

Doctor of Philosophy (2011–2014), the University of Melbourne, Australia. Thesis title: Targeting the science–management interface: Improving the use of long-term monitoring for conservation management.

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership (2011–2012), the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Marine Scientist, Environment Agency and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK. 2008–2010. Responsible for developing quality assurance protocols for national marine biological monitoring programs conducted by UK government agencies.

Marine Ecologist, Museum Victoria. 2005–2007. Research project: Monitoring and Assessment of Victoria’s Rocky Intertidal Coast (MAVRIC).
Responsible for designing and coordinating marine ecological research projects investigating biodiversity patterns along Victoria’s rocky intertidal coastline.

Marine Environmental Consultant, Consulting Environmental Engineers. 2003–2005. Responsible for designing and conducting marine environmental impact surveys, conducting data analysis and report writing.

Bachelor of Science with Honours (1999–2003), the University of Melbourne, Australia. Thesis title: The effect of the presence of complexing agents on the toxicity of copper to marine sessile invertebrate assemblages.

Education Officer, Melbourne Aquarium. 2001–2004. Responsible for teaching educational programs to primary and secondary school groups and delivering public presentations about the marine environment.


University of Oxford Award for Excellence for early career researcher leadership in establishing and leading the Department of Zoology Early Career Researchers Network (2017).

Valuing Nature Business Impact School scholarship recipient (2016). Attended the VNBIS, which brought together early career scientists and business representatives, who share a common interest in valuing nature both for its’ intrinsic environmental value and to understand its’ benefits to business, government and broader society. See my blog about this.

NERP Marine Biodiversity Research Hub research PhD scholarship recipient (2012–2014)

Parks Victoria Research Partners Panel research PhD scholarship recipient (2011–2014)

Wentworth Group Science Program scholar (2013). Attended the science leaders program designed to enhance the ability of post-graduate students, scientists, lawyers and economists to engage in public policy on the future of our land, water, coasts and biodiversity.

Go8-C9 Student Leadership in International Cooperation Project student ambassador (2013). Represented the University of Melbourne and the Australian Group of Eight Universities to undertake a two-week visit to C9 universities in China. The objective of this program was to develop proposals and ideas for cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities with the aim of promoting opportunities for outbound student mobility from Australia.

Member of the British Ecological Society, Society for Conservation Biology and Australian Marine Science Association.

Committee member of:

Department of Zoology Early Career Researchers Network chair (2016-2017) and committee member (2017 – 2018).

Society for Conservation Biology Marine Policy committee member (2017 – current). Supporting the committee in supporting and providing opportunities for our members.

Australian Marine Science Association Victoria branch president (2012-2015) and committee member (2005 – 2007; 2010 – 2015). Responsible for leading a committee dedicated to organising conferences and meetings for our professional marine science members, and public events.

Victorian Marine Roundtable committee. 2013–2015. Discuss and disseminate the latest marine scientific research, and marine policy and management developments in Victoria, Australia.

Reef Watch Victoria board member (2012–2015). Assisted with the strategic direction of this citizen science program.

National Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control scheme, United Kingdom, committee member and technical secretary (2008 – 2010)

Feger, C., Mermet, L., Vira, B., Addison, P.F.E., Barker, R., Birkin, F., Burns, J., Cooper, S., Couvet, D., Cuckston, T., Daily, G.C., Dey, C., Gallagher, L., Hails, R., Jollands, S., Mace, G., Mckenzie, E., Milne, M., Quattrone, P., Rambaud, A., Russell, S., Santamaria, M. and Sutherland, W.J. 2018. Four priorities for new links between conservation science and accounting research. Conservation Biology.

Bal, P., A. Tulloch, P. F. E Addison, E. McDonald-Madden and J. R. Rhodes. 2018. Selecting indicator species for biodiversity management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Addison, P. F. E., J. W. Bull, and E. J. Milner-Gulland. 2018. Using conservation science to advance corporate biodiversity accountability. Conservation Biology.

Addison, P. F. E., and J. W. Bull. 2018. Conservation accord: Corporate incentives. Science 360:1195-1196.

Burgass, M. J., Arlidge, W. N. S., Addison, P. F. E., 2018. Overstating the value of the IUCN red list for business decision‐making. Conservation Letters,

Arlidge, W.N.S., Bull, J.W., Addison, P.F.E., Burgass, M.J., Gianuca, D., Gorham, T.M., Jacob, C., Lloyd, S.P., Shumway, N., Watson, J.E.M., Wilcox, C., Milner-Gulland, E.J., 2018. A global mitigation hierarchy for nature conservation. Bioscience,

Bednarek, A. T., Wyborn, C., Cvitanovic, C., Meyer, R., Colvin, R. M., Addison, P. F. E., Close, S. L., et al. 2018. Boundary spanning at the science–policy interface: the practitioners’ perspectives. Sustainability Science:

Addison, P. F. E., Collins, D.J., Trebilco, R., Howe, S., Bax, N., Hedge, P., Jones, G., Miloslavich, P., Roelfsema, C., Sams, M., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Scanes, P., von Baumgarten, P., McQuatters-Gollop, A. (2017) A new wave of marine evidence-based management: emerging challenges and solutions to transform monitoring, evaluating and reporting. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx216

de Bie, K, Addison, P.F.E., Cook, C.N. (2017) Integrating decision triggers into conservation management practice. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.1304

Rose DC, Addison P, Ausden M, Bennun L, Mills C, O’Donnell SAL, Parker C, Ryan M, Weatherdon L, Despot-Belmonte K, Sutherland WJ, Robertson RJ (2017) Decision support tools in conservation: a workshop to improve user-centred design. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e21074.

Keeler, B. L. , R. Chaplin-Kramer, A. Guerry, P. F. E.  Addison, C. Bettigole, I. C.  Burke, B. Gentry, L. Chambliss, C. Young, A. J.  Travis, C. T.  Darimont, D. R.  Gordon, J. Hellmann, P.  Kareiva, S.  Monfort, L. Olander, T. Profeta, H. P.  Possingham, C.  Slotterback, E.  Sterling, T.  Ticktin, and B.  Vira. (2017) Society Is Ready for a New Kind of Science—Is Academia?, Bioscience. 67, 591–592.

Addison P.F.E., Flander L.B., Cook C.N. (2017) Towards quantitative condition assessment of biodiversity outcomes: insights from Australian marine protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management. 198, 183–191.

Wells, S., P. F. E. Addison, P. A. Bueno, M. Costantini, A. Fontaine, L. Germain, T. Lefebvre, L. Morgan, F. Staub, B. Wang, A. White, and M. X. Zorrilla. 2016. Using the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas to promote conservation impact through marine protected areas. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 26:24–44.

Addison, P.F.E., Cook, C.N., de Bie, K. (2016) Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management. Journal of Applied Ecology. 53:1351–1357.

Cook, C.N., de Bie, K., Keith, D.A. & Addison, P.F.E. (2016) Decision triggers are a critical part of evidence-based conservation. Biological Conservation, 195, 46–51.

Addison, P.F.E, de Bie, K., Rumpff, L. (2015) Setting conservation management thresholds using a novel participatory modelling approach. Conservation Biology, 29, 1411–1422.

Addison, P.F.E., Flander, L. B., Cook, C.N. (2015) Are we missing the boat? Current uses of long-term biological monitoring data in the evaluation and management of marine protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management. 149, 148–156.

Addison, P. F. E., Rumpff, L., Bau, S. S., Carey, J. M., Chee, Y. E., Jarrad, F., McBride, M. F., and Burgman, M. A. (2013). Practical solutions for making models indispensable in conservation decision-making. Diversity and Distributions. Special issue on: Perspectives and tools for conservation risk analysis.  19, 490–502.

O’Hara T. D., Addison, P. F. E., Gazzard, R., Costa, T. L., Pocklington, J. B. (2010). A rapid biodiversity assessment methodology tested on intertidal rocky shores. Aquatic Conservation – Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 20(4), 452-463.

For a full list of publications, please see my website.


Addison, P. (2017) Engaging with business to revolutionize biodiversity conservation. Presented at a special Business and Biodiversity session (organised by Prue Addison and Joe Bull) at the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Cartagena, Colombia

Addison, P. (2017) Decision triggers for evidence-based conservation management. An invited webinar for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Webinar is available here.

Addison, P. (2016) International biodiversity targets and their relevance to business. An invited presentation delivered at the Convention for Biological Diversity COP13 Business and Biodiversity Forum, Cancun, Mexico.

Addison, P. (2016) Managing for successful engagements: an academic perspective. An invited presentation delivered in the session “Multi-stakeholder dialogue on corporate biodiversity measurement and reporting” at the World Conservation Congress, Honalulu, Hawaii

Addison, P. (2016) Lessons from businesses working to achieve corporate level NNL of biodiversity. An invited presentation at the No Net Loss of Marine Biodiversity symposium at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Addison, P. (2016) Structured decision-making to address conservation challenges. An invited presentation at Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

See my website for a full list of conferences attended and workshops held.