Gorm Shackelford

Former Research Associate

Gorm is now a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology.

He is working in collaboration with CSER, Conservation Evidence, and BioRISC (the Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine’s College) to synthesize evidence for the effectiveness of management practices for invasive species.

At CSER, he developed an automated method of evidence synthesis, using machine learning, text and data mining to create a database of information on catastrophic risks and interventions that could minimize these risks: The Existential Risk Research Assessment (TERRA).

He has a background in biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem services. His research is focused on evidence synthesis: systematic reviews of scientific studies about biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, especially in agricultural ecosystems. He is developing new methods of evidence synthesis, including an online system for interactive meta-analysis that allows users to filter the global evidence base to find results that are relevant to their local conditions (www.metadataset.com). He is also interested in using subject-wide evidence synthesis in combination with multi-criteria decision analysis to develop evidence-based tools for decision makers (http://mcda.metadataset.com/mediterranean/).

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