BSc and PhD Biology, Class of (1986 & 1995)

carl jones

World Leading conservationist

Professor Carl Jones was fascinated with animals from a young age and bred kestrels in his back yard. Speaking of his decision to pursue conservation as a career, Carl has stated:

"I have always known what I wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I wanted to work with wildlife, to visit remote areas and to contribute to the conservation of the most endangered species. But dreaming is not enough, and I realised that I needed some higher qualifications." 

Carl completed his MSc and PhD qualifications at Swansea while simultaneously working for the World Wildlife Fund. Carl’s work took him to Mauritius where he was instrumental in preserving the Mauritius kestrel from extinction. He then went on to have similar success with Mauritiun parakeets and pink pigeons. In addition to preserving species, Carl has also been instrumental in restoring plant and animal communities on the islands around Mauritius. Carl, along with the late Gerald Durrell initiated efforts to rebuild entire eco-systems and removing alien species from the islands surrounding Mauritius.

Carl has been involved with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust since 1985 and he continues to oversee the trusts work in the Mascarenes. He is their Chief Scientist and “thought leader” influencing many aspects of the Trust’s work. In 2012 and 2014 Carl was nominated for the Indianapolis Prize (the Conservation version of the Nobel Prize). He finally won it in 2016.

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