Kevin J Gaston

Research Group

Associate Research Fellows: Jonathan Bennie, Stefano Casalegno, Daniel Cox, Thomas Davies, Steven Hancock Richard Inger, Iain Stott

PhD supervision: Maru Correa, Paz Duran, Beth Robinson

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Professor Kevin J Gaston

Professor of Biodiversity & Conservation


I lead basic, strategic and applied research in ecology and conservation biology, with particular emphases at present including common ecology and the decline of common species, urban ecology, human-nature interactions, and the ecology of nighttime. I was founding Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) from 2011 - 2017. I am an Honorary Professor at South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch and an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Ecosystem goods and services
  • Environmental management
  • Conservation biology
  • Urban ecology

Current projects

  • Ecological effects of light pollution (ECOLIGHT)
  • Fragments, functions and flows – the scaling of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban ecosystems
  • SECURE: Self conserving urban environments
  • Landscape genomics, climate change, and adaptation
  • Averting the extinction of experience


1989 PhD Biology (University of York)
1986 BSc Zoology (University of Sheffield)


2011 Director of the ESI, University of Exeter
2002-2011  Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Sheffield
1995-2002 Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Sheffield 
1994 Royal Society University Research Fellow, Imperial College 
1989-1994 Junior, Senior and Principal Research Fellow, The Natural History Museum

Contact details



Telephone +44 (0) 1326 255795
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute 
Room 02.01

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE