Professor Nathalie Seddon

Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Biology; Senior Fellow, Oxford Martin School


Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity and Founding Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford. She is also Director of the Agile Initiative and is a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College and the Oxford Martin School.

In 2021, she co-founded the Oxford University Social Venture, Nature-based Insights of which she is non-executive Director.

Nathalie trained as an evolutionary ecologist at Cambridge University and has over 25 years of research experience in a range of ecosystems across the globe. As a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, she developed broad research interests in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change. Her work now focuses on determining the ecological and socioeconomic effectiveness of nature-based solutions to societal challenges, and how to increase the influence of robust biodiversity science on the design and implementation of climate and development policy.

Advisory roles

Nathalie advises governments and the private sector on nature-based solutions. She is a member of the Adaptation Committee of the UK Climate Change Change Committee, leading on nature; a member of DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council Biodiversity Expert Committee; serves on the Science Advisory Boards of Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and sits on the Science & Knowledge Committee of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions. She is also Trustee of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance.

In 2022-2023, Nathalie is Academic Lead for the UK’s first People’s Assembly for Nature.


  • Nature-based solutions
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Tropical forests
  • Ecosystems

Media experience

Nathalie has extensive experience of interviews for media including national print and broadcast.