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Dr. J.R. (James) Allan

Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

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  • Science Park 904
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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    James Allan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Ecology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is a conservation scientist working on solutions to the biodiversity extinction crisis with research interests in macro-ecology, decision science, and in shaping conservation policy. His most recent projects included developing a global action map for abating threats to species, and providing estimates of a suitable protected area coverage target for the next United Nations Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. He previously completed a Postdoc and PhD on "Wilderness Conservation in the Anthropocene" at the University of Queensland, Australia. James has consulted for non-government organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society and The Nature Conservancy on conservation projects in Mozambique, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. He grew up on safari in Kenya, East Africa.

  • Select publications

    Allan, JR, Watson, JEM, Di Marco, M, O’Bryan, CJ, Possingham, HP, Atkinson, SC, Venter, O. 2019. Hotspots of human impact on terrestrial vertebrates. Plos Biology. 17(1). e3000158.

    Allan, JR, Levin, N, Jones, KR, Abdullah, S, Hongoh, J, Hermoso, V, Kark, S. 2019. Navigating the complexities of coordinated conservation along the River Nile. Science Advances. 5(4) eaau7668.

    Watson, JEM, Venter, O, Lee, J, Jones, KR, Robinson, JG, Possingham, HP, Allan, JR. 2018. Protect the last of the wild. Nature. 563 (7729), 27.

    Allan, JR, Venter, O, Watson JEM. 2017. Temporally inter-comparable maps of terrestrial wilderness and the Last of the Wild. Scientific Data. sdata170187.

    Allan, JR, Maina, J, Grossman, F, Nelson, A, Craig, R, Watson JEM et al. 2017. Patterns of forest loss in Niassa National Reserve (Northern Mozambique): one of Africa’s last large wilderness areas. PARKS. 23.1 39 - 50

    Allan, JR, Kormos, C, Jaeger, T, Venter, O, Bertzky, B, Shi, Y, Mackey, B, van Merm, R, Osipova, E, Watson, JEM. 2017. Gaps and opportunities for the World Heritage Convention to contribute to wilderness conservation. Conservation Biology. 32 (1) 116 – 136.

    Allan, JR, Venter, O, Maxwell, S, Bertzky, B, Jones, K, Shi, Y, Watson JEM. 2017. Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many Natural World Heritage Sites. Biological Conservation. 206, 47 – 55.

    Jones, KR, Venter, O, Allan, JR, Maxwell, SL, Negret, PJ, Fuller, RF, Watson, JEM. 2018. One third of global protected land under intense human pressure. Science. 360. 788-791.

  • Publications



    • Waldron, A., & Allan, J. R. (2020). Protecting 30% of the planet for nature:costs, benefits, and economic implications: Working paper analysing the economic implications of the proposed 30% target for areal protection in the draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
    • Worsdell, T., Kumar, K., Allan, J. R., Gibbon, G. E. M., White, A., Khare, A., & Frechette, A. (2020). Rights-Based Conservation: The path to preserving Earth’s biological and cultural diversity? Rights and Resources. [details]


    • Tyrell, P., & Allan, J. R. (2020). Evaluating the socio-economic potential of road development projects around the Aberdare range: A report for Rhino Ark. Oxford: University of Oxford. [details]
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