School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Louise Mair

Research Associate


Research profile

I am a post-doctoral Research Associate working in international species conservation policy. My publication record and other information can be found on Google Scholar and Scopus


2017 - present

Research Associate at Newcastle University, UK.


Post-doctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.


PhD student at the University of York, UK.


Current research

My research here at Newcastle focuses on Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Target 12 states:

By 2020, the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.

I work with Dr Philip McGowan and collaborate closely with the colleagues from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) to understand why global progress towards this target has been limited. I aim to understand the challenges in achieving Target 12 and to develop a decision-support approach that will assist countries in conserving threatened species.

The Aichi Biodiversity Targets cover the period 2011-2020, and I work with the IUCN SSC Post-2020 Biodiversity Task Force to provide the scientific basis for the next iteration of international species conservation targets. The Task Force works at the science-policy interface, collating and disseminating scientific research on species conservation to international policy makers at the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Research background

My background is in macro-ecology, with a focus on patterns and drivers of species distribution changes in response to climate change and land use. I am particularly interested in the application of citizen science data (CSD) to address ecological questions. I have used CSD to quantify and understand changes in the distribution and abundance of British butterflies in response to climate change, and to project likely responses of old-forest indicator species of wood-decaying fungi to scenarios of forest management and climate change in Sweden.