David Macdonald (Prof.)

Founder & Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at Oxford University

Professor David Macdonald CBE, is a British Zoologist and Conservation Scientist holding DPhil and DSc research degrees from Oxford and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He is Founder and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford, internationally regarded as a global leader both in conservation research and as a hub for training graduate conservationists. He created the Recanati-Kaplan Centre’s International Postgraduate Diploma in international Conservation Practice which trains aspiring conservationists from less developed countries and which in 2011 was awarded the Queen’s Award for Higher education by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Professor Macdonald has won numerous international awards and accolades for his research and engagement with public policy (including the highest awards of both the American and British societies for mammalogy, and appointment to an A.D. White Professorship at Large at Cornell University) and has been instrumental in popularising biology through his films and writing. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Science in 2010.