Prof. Kate Abernethy

Prof. Kate Abernethy

Prof. Biological & Environmental Sciences

Kate is a Professor of Tropical Ecology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. She gained a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 1995, moving to Gabon immediately on qualifying to work within Stirling’s ecological research programme in Lopé National Park. She was given Gabonese nationality in 2007 and works as an Associated Researcher in the National Centre for Science and Technologies in Libreville.

Kate’s long-term focus is on sustainable conservation strategies for key biomes in the Central African region. Her research strategy includes rigorous study of natural history to ensure a deep understanding of ecosystem function; holistic threats assessments to ensure that social and economic drivers of environmental change are fully integrated in solutions and the development of equitable partnerships for the implementation of improved policies for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.

Kate contributes to the development of capacity and capability in environmental management as a member of the Darwin Initiative Expert Committee, as the Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Zoology, as a founding member of the Africa Chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and as an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.