Academic Profile

Dr Chloë Montes Strevens is a Departmental Lecturer in SoGE and the Course Director of the MSc and MPhil in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. She holds a First Class BA Hons from the Zoology Department in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a DPhil from Oxford University. For her doctoral research she developed population models to investigate the observed metapopulation dynamics of model species inhabiting a laboratory microcosm in order to understand the implications of landscape fragmentation on the species' population dynamics and persistence.

In 2011, she left academia to work with UNEP-WCMC (United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK) on issues related to business and biodiversity. Over the following seven years she worked on a wide range of projects including the assessment of the biodiversity requirements contained within standards and certification schemes used by the private sector; the development of data, tools and protocols to undertake assessments of critical and priority habitats for biodiversity; the assessment of the feasibility of policy commitments and standards' requirements such as 'No Net Loss' or 'Net Positive Gain' of biodiversity; and the interpretation of scientific research for the private sector including a Cambridge Conservation Initiative funded study on the risk of wild pollinator decline for private sector supply chains.

This role provided a unique opportunity to work with partners from across the world spanning public, private and research sectors, encountering an array of perspectives (and often scepticism) on the importance of biodiversity and the need for conservation action, having to navigate different value systems and lexicons to communicate conservation messages to different stakeholder groups. It also gave her first-hand experience of the need for a robust evidence-base to inform effective policy making and the conviction that contemporary conservation must act across sectors and disciplines.

Current Research

Navigating a shifting policy landscape to conserve butterflies in England - Working in partnership with Butterfly Conservation UK and the Mathematical Ecology Research Group, Oxford, this project assesses the policy landscape for conserving butterflies in England and undertakes a quantitative analysis of the impact of agri-environmental policy on butterfly population dynamics in England over the past fifty years. The implications of a range of future policy scenarios on butterfly conservation are explored.

Graduate project supervision - Chloë supervises a range of MSc/MPhil projects. Projects from 2018/19 include:

  • Using Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to enhance climate change resilience of informal settlements in the City of Windhoek, Namibia
  • Determining the opportunities and barriers for insurance sector engagement with nature based solutions for disaster risk reduction in UK Overseas Territories in the Carribean
  • The illegal trade of jaguar body parts: A Chinese perspective
  • Predicting thermal tolerance of Acropora digitifera through image analysis.

Other research interests - Chloë has an emerging research interest in early years science communication and, more specifically, the importance of early years teaching in sustainability and wildlife conservation. She welcomes enquiries on this and related research topics.

Teaching

Chloë is the Course Director for the Master's in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (BCM). BCM is a challenging multidisciplinary course providing students with a critical understanding of the interplay between biodiversity science and practice; exploring the dynamic landscape of scientific, technological, socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional drivers of environment policy and conservation management decisions. Chloë teaches a range of classes on the course predominantly on conservation governance, technology and the development of professional skills for working in conservation.

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Selected Conference Posters and Presentations

  • Montes, C.M.J. et al (2018) Conserving butterflies in a changing world: Assessing the impacts of climate change and agri-environment schemes on butterfly population dynamics. Butterfly Conservation International Symposium. Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Montes, C.M.J. (2017) Conserving British Butterflies in an uncertain future. Daphne Jackson Trust Research Conference. London, United Kingdom.
  • Montes, C.M.J. et al. (2016) Marine Spatial Planning – Lessons for Practical Application. World Ocean Council; Sustainable Ocean Summit. Rotterdam, Holland.
  • Montes, C.M.J. et al. (2016) How Feasible is “No Net Loss” of Biodiversity for Marine Industries? World Ocean Council; Sustainable Ocean Summit. Rotterdam, Holland.
  • Strevens, C.M.J. et al. (2011) Strengthening the biodiversity requirements of standards and certification schemes for the private sector. Convention on Biological Diversity: First Meeting of the Global Platform for Business and Biodiversity. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Strevens, C.M.J. and Bonsall, M.B. (2009) The role of sources and sinks in regional and local metapopulation dynamics. Ecological Society of America Annual Conference. New Mexico, USA.
  • Strevens, C.M.J. and Bonsall, M.B. (2008) Host-parasitoid metapopulation dynamics: Effects of within-patch processes on density dependence. British Ecological Society Annual Conference. London, UK.

Other Publications

  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Fauna & Flora International, University of East Anglia & UNEP-WCMC (2017) The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK, 42 pp.
  • UNEP-WCMC (2016) Marine No Net Loss: A feasibility assessment of implementing no net loss in the sea. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK. 30pp.
  • Lanjouw, A. (2014) Mining/Oil extraction and ape population and habitats. State of the Apes: Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation, Chapter 5. 173 pages – contributing author.
  • SCBD & UNEP-WCMC (2012) Best policy guidance for the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in standards. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montréal, Canada. Technical Series No. 73, 52 pages.
  • UNEP-WCMC (2011) Review of the Biodiversity Requirements of Standards and Certification Schemes: A snapshot of current practices. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montréal, Canada. Technical Series No. 63, 30 pages