Ecosystem Economics and Biodiversity
Having worked in the environmental sector as a professional ecologist for over 35 years, Steve has an in-depth understanding of the relationships between economic development and the environment. Throughout his career he has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders to generate innovative and economically viable solutions, integrating developmental and environmental factors.
He has worked in central and south America, the Arabian Gulf, eastern Europe, west Africa and central Asia. He has expertise in Environmental Impact Assessments, protected species assessments and remediation plans for a wide variety of development projects including transport and infrastructure works, energy generation and transmission and mining developments.
Steve has formally described 21 species of insects new to science, with an extensive knowledge of the role of insects in biological control and as invasive species. He is the author of ‘Ecosystem Services: Economics and Policy’ (Palgrave Macmillan). This work is a critical review of Ecosystem Services philosophy, offering a new perspective on how the issue of biodiversity could be addressed within the financial sector and fully integrated into the ‘knowledge economy’ through the mechanism of distributed ledger technology (blockchain).
Steve holds a BSc. (Hons.) in Zoology from the University of Reading and a Master of Philosophy in Tropical Insect Taxonomy from Liverpool John Moores University. He is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.