The UK Population Biology Network (UKPopNet)

Programme overview

The UK Population Biology Network (UKPopNet) was a network of institutions founded by the universities of Aberdeen, East Anglia, Leeds, Sheffield and York, together with NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. It encompassed scientists, policymakers and practitioners tackling major environmental problems.

Background & objectives

UKPopNet linked population biology to ecosystem science and economics, and funded or participated in eight interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects, a series of working groups and workshops.

The programme aimed to help answer two questions of pressing importance to science and society:

  • How will changes in biodiversity affect the sustainability of ecosystems, landscapes, and livelihoods?
  • What strategies should we employ to mitigate adverse effects?