Nigel Dudley has worked as a consultant ecologist and writer since the 1980s. Work includes field research; production of technical reports and research papers, environmental impact assessments, evidence to governmental and inter-governmental bodies, editing journals; and organisation of conferences and workshops. Clients include:
- Intergovernmental bodies, such as the World Bank, UNESCO, CBD, UN FAO, and UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
- Non-governmental organisations, such as WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace
- Academic and research institutions: including in addition to UQ, Cardiff University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Institute for European Environment Policy
- Governments, in the UK, Germany, Vietnam, Finland, Colombia, South Korea etc
- Business, including Touche Ross, Shell plc, Stora Enso, and consultancies such as ProForest
- Publishers and journals, including writing and editing around 30 books
Work focuses mainly on protected area planning, management and ecosystem service benefits, and aspects of broad-scale forest conservation and restoration. Current projects include measuring progress in forest restoration, ecosystem-based adaptation in marine protected areas; and identification of “deforestation fronts”: areas likely to suffer serious forest conversion in the next 20 years. Nigel is co-editor of the peer-review journal PARKS and has worked in many countries in every continent except the Antarctic.