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Dr Yuan Pan BSc MRes PhD

Dr Yuan Pan BSc MRes PhD

Research Associate in Natural Capital

Biography

I am an interdisciplinary scientist working with Professor Bhaskar Vira on incorporating biodiversity into the natural capital framework, by using ecological and social science approaches. I am especially interested in valuing the non-material and intangible benefits of nature, combining a diverse range of values and moving beyond economic valuations. Originally trained as an ecologist, I have considerable experience in incorporating social science data into conservation research and statistical analysis in R.

Previously for my PhD, I worked on using an ecosystem services approach to protect freshwater ecosystems. The project was interdisciplinary and involved using methods from ecology, ecotoxicology and social sciences. Due to my bilingual fluency in English and Mandarin, I have worked on several ecological and conservation based projects in China since my undergraduate degree. These have included investigating illegal fishing behaviour in Yangtze fishermen, collecting local ecological knowledge from ethnic minorities and using contingent valuation to investigate ecosystem services.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Ecosystem Services at the University of Sheffield (2013-2017)
    • Supervisors: Professor Lorraine Maltby (University of Sheffield) and Dr Stuart Marshall (Unilever, UK)
    • Using an ecosystem services approach to protect freshwater ecosystems: linking ecology, ecotoxicology and cultural values (CASE studentship with Unilever)
  • MRes in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation at Imperial College (2012-2013)
    1. Modeling human impacts on biodiversity: using China as a case study
    2. Using local ecological knowledge to assess the status of the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus in Guizhou Province, China
      • Supervisors: Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland and Dr Sam Turvey (Institute of Zoology, London)
  • BSc in Biology at Imperial College (2009-2012)
    • Final year project: Testing a novel interview technique to investigate causes of decline in the Yangtze finless porpoise (Supervisors: Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland and Dr Sam Turvey)

Awards

  • 2017: Unilever SEAC (Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre) PhD student award for science communication
  • 2016: Young scientist award for best presentation at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) European conference

Publications

Selected publications:

  • Pan, Y., Marshall, S. and Maltby, L. (2016) Prioritising ecosystem services in Chinese rural and urban communities. Ecosystem Services, 21, 1-5
  • Pan, Y., Wei, G., Cunningham, A.A., Li, S., Chen, S., Milner-Gulland, E.J. and Turvey, S.T. (2016) Using local ecological knowledge to assess the status of the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus in Guizhou Province, China, Oryx, 50, 257-264
  • Newbold, T., Hudson, L.N., Hill, S.L.L., Contu, S., Lysenko, I., Senior, R.A., Borger, L., Bennett, D.J., Choimes, A., Collen, B., Day, J., De Palma, A., Diaz, S., Echeverria-Londono, S., Edgar, M.J., Feldman, A., Garon, M., Harrison, M.L.K., Alhusseini, T., Ingram, D.J., Itescu, Y., Kattge, J., Kemp, V., Kirkpatrick, L., Kleyer, M., Correia, D.L.P., Martin, C.D., Meiri, S., Novosolov, M., Pan, Y., Phillips, H.R.P., Purves, D.W., Robinson, A., Simpson, J., Tuck, S.L., Weiher, E., White, H.J., Ewers, R.M., Mace, G.M., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Purvis, A. (2015) Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity, Nature, 520, 45-50