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Georgina Mace

Dame Georgina Mace DBE FRS


Elected: 2002


Twitter @GMMace


ORCID 0000-0001-8965-5211


Georgina Mace’s research projects cover a range of topics that relate to the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She developed the criteria for measuring species extinction risk that are now used by the IUCN for their regular Red Lists of Threatened Species. Georgina also identified the factors that cause different species to be more or less vulnerable to extinction. She developed approaches to understanding climate change impacts and how this varies between species and in different ecosystems.

A second area of research concerns ecosystem services and natural capital accounting, which she became interested in through her work on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the United Kingdom’s National Ecosystem Assessment. Georgina has been especially concerned with evaluating the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services, incorporating ecosystem services into biodiversity targets and examining trade-offs amongst ecosystem services. Most recently, she developed a new approach to measuring the loss of natural capital, using a risk register.

For her services to environmental science, Georgina was awarded an OBE in 1998 and a CBE in 2007.

Professional positions

Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London (UCL)

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Biodiversity, Ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, Extinction risk, natural capital


  • International Cosmos Prize

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