Georgina Mace

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Georgina M. Mace
Born London
Residence United Kingdom
Fields Conservation Biology
Institutions University College London, Imperial College London
Alma mater Undergraduate degree in Zoology, University of Liverpool; PhD at the University of Sussex
Doctoral advisor Paul Harvey
Known for Developing the criteria for listing species in the IUCN Red List
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society, 2002; International Cosmos Prize, 2007; Honorary D.Sc., Sussex University, 2007
Spouse Rod Evans
Children Three children

Georgina Mary Mace CBE FRS is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at University College London. She was previously Professor of Conservation Science and Director of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London (2006-2012)[citation needed] and was Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London (2000-2006)

Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. Mace completed a PhD on evolutionary ecology of small mammals and thereafter joined the Smithsonian Institution to study the impact on inbreeding in zoological collections. Mace continued this work and further researched captive population ecology by studying population viability in zoos. Mace commented that "It was exciting to make quantitative scientific contributions to conservation" [2]

She has been President of the British Ecological Society, President of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Science Committee of Diversitas. Mace was editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Series B, Biological Sciences) from 2008-2010.[3][4]

In 2000, Professor Mace became Director of Science at the Institute of Zoology in London, during this time, Professor Mace was instrumental in developing the criteria for listing species in the IUCN Red List, the most comprehensive inventory on the conservation status of the world's species species conservation contributing to the maintenance of global biodiversity and managed by IUCN. Prior to these changes, the Red List was based on nominations from experts rather than data, the changes instigation by Mace and her colleagues took 10 years to be implemented by the IUCN.[5] Many Regional Red List publications are now increasingly based on the same criteria. Since 2002 she and her colleagues have worked to establish methods for evaluating biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides, and changes in biodiversity that have been provisionally measured by the Red List Index.

Mace was also actively involved in the biodiversity sections of the "Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" which was conducted from 2002 through 2005.[6] Professor Mace continues to work in the field of conservation biology and states that "all the evidence to date is that when societies put their mind to solving a problem, they can generally do it."[7]

In 2006, Professor Mace became director of the Natural Environment Research Council's Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London. Since 2012 Professor Mace has been the Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER)[8] at University College London. Professor Mace is also an Academic Editor of PLoS Biology, the open-access online journal and supports open-access policy to scientific publications.[9]


Professor Mace was awarded an OBE in 1998.[7] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002. In July 2007 she was awarded an Honorary D.Sc by Sussex University for her work on biodiversity.[10] She was the winner of the 2007 International Cosmos Prize.[11] In 2007, Professor Mace was awarded a CBE for services to environmental science.


  1. ^ "Conservation Scholars: Georgina Mace". 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  2. ^ Gewin, Virginia. "Georgina Mace addresses conservation efforts as head of a population-biology centre.". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Mace, Georgina (12 January 2008). "Editorial". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363 (1489): 3–4. doi:10.1098/rstb.2007.2229. 
  4. ^ Mace, Georgina M. (29 November 2010). "Comments from the departing Editor". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366 (1561): 3–4. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0305. 
  5. ^ "Conservation Scholars". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Biodiversity" (PDF). 
  7. ^ a b "Conservation Scholars". Conservation Bytes. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research". 
  9. ^ IUCN. "Interview with G Mace". IUCN. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Honorary degrees for eminent quartet". July 27, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
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