Nat Elizabeth Duffus


I am a DPhil student in the Department of Biology and Geography, studying Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and other methods for ecological compensation, and how they account for real world biodiversity. My DPhil project uses a range of scientific methods (pitfall trapping, emergence trapping, DNA metabarcoding) to address important policy questions, and hopefully prompt changes to how we address impacts on biodiversity.

I have also been a researcher on the AGILE Initiative at the Oxford Martin School, contributing to outputs for operationalising the Treasury Green Book Guidance.

Prior to this, I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Conservation Biology, receiving the Professor Ian Alexander Prize for outstanding performance in conservation biology, following the publication of several peer reviewed papers from my final year.

At Reuben College, I have played an active role in the Graduate Common Room, including as VP of Social Affairs (2021-22), VP of Community Affairs (2022-23), Ball President (2021-22) and currently serve as the LGBTQ+ officer.