Year of Honorary Fellowship, 2021
Professor Chris Thomas is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist, interested in the dynamics of biological change in the Anthropocene. He is currently Director of the transdisciplinary Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity.
Chris’s main interest is in understanding the positive and negative drivers of biological change in the Anthropocene, with a view to developing environmental strategies appropriate for a period of rapid change. This interest in the success of biodiversity in the Anthropocene is exemplified by his popular science book, Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction, which was designated among The Times, Economist & Guardian Books of the Year for 2017.
Chris has been a co-editor of nine scientific journals and his work has been quoted in the media in most countries in the world. His research has influenced the development of policy in the areas of climate change and conservation.
Chris received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 1998, the President’s Medal of the British Ecological Society in 2001, the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2004, and the Marsh Award for Climate Change Research in 2011. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012, and awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki in 2014, and was a President of the Royal Entomological Society (2018-2020).