Dr Phil Atkinson

Head of International Research and Principal Ecologist BTO

Role: CCI collaborative projects, Project lead, Project team member



I lead the BTO’s international research program, which is diverse in nature but has a strong emphasis on collaborative projects with biological, social and economic aspects.
My recent research has focused on two areas: (i) understanding the impact of agricultural and poverty alleviation policies on provision of ecosystem services by biodiversity and farmer livelihoods in central Ugandan banana/coffee systems and the cocoa-based systems in Sao Tome e Principe and (ii) developing a program of research on the ecology of Palearctic-African migrants on their wintering grounds (with current field projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso).
My previous work has concentrated on understanding how environmental change will impact bird populations.