Nicola Beaumont

Nicola Beaumont

UKERC Co-Director, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Professor Nicola Beaumont has specialised in the assessment and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services for more than 20 years’ (h-index: 22; 6000+ cites), including extensive interdisciplinary project and people management experience.

Nicola’s research spans across scales from local county councils to European and Global levels, and to a variety of marine management issues, including: renewable energy, plastics, flood and erosion management, ocean acidification, and marine planning and policy.

Nicola has an extensive publication record and was co-author on the most highly cited marine ecosystem services paper (Worm et al. 2006 Science 314:787-90) and was the lead economist for marine and coastal margins for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA). She is currently the lead PI on the Valuing Nature Partnership funded study CoastWEB (NE/N013573/1) (Total £1.3m), and the UKRI funded UKERC Phase 4 Energy, environment and landscapes theme (£1.25million). She is co-I on the ESRC funded Economics of Marine Plastic Pollution project, the UKRI funded ADVENT (ADdressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together) project, and the Irish Marine Institute funded Evidence Project to support Marine Spatial Planning and the Goals of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. N

Nicola sits on several international and national committees, including leading the Marine Biome Expert Group for the International Ecosystem Services Partnership, and acting as a member of the UK Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG) which reports directly to UK government.