Professor and Director of Maasai Mara University Green Growth Development Research and Training Centre

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Professor Jacqueline McGlade is a Professor in the School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management and Director of the Sekenani Research Centre for Space Research and Green Development. Professor McGlade has recently been appointed as a Gresham Professor, which date from 1997, to give free public lectures in the City of London. She retains her role as a Professor at University College London in the Institute for Global Prosperity and the Faculty of Engineering, is a Member of the International Network of Chief Government Scientific Advisors, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Environmental and Social Advisory Committee; and European Space Agency Advisory Committee on Earth Observation.

Prior to coming to the Maasai Mara University, Professor McGlade was United Nations Environment Programme Chief Scientist and Director of Science, leading on environmental assessments and the environmental pillar of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. From 2003-2013, she was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency responsible for providing data and assessments to support European policy making. She was previously Director of the National Environment Research Council Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences (UK); Professor at University of Warwick (Biology and Mathematics); Director of Theoretical Ecology at the Fosrchungszentrum Juelich (Germany); Adrian Fellow, University of Cambridge; Associate Professor at Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK) and Senior Research Scientist, Federal Government Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada). She has held many research and advisory roles in government, international and civil society organisations, charities and the private sector including the G7, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Studies, Environment Agency (UK), Natural History Museum (UK), XEROX-PARC (USA), Earth Centre Millennium Project (UK) and the Royal Thai Government.

Education and Professional: Professor McGlade holds a PhD Aquatic Sciences and Zoology, University of Guelph, Canada; an MA University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Biochemistry & Soil Science, UC North Wales. Professionally, she is an elected Fellow Linnaean Society; Fellow Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors; Fellow Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce; Founder, European Citizen Science Association, and has served on Editorial Boards of mathematical, biosciences and law academic journals.

Awards and honours:

“Jacqueline McGlade is a truly exceptional global citizen, serving the needs of others internationally and globally…as a result of her fervent belief in the value of collecting and integrating environmental information at local, national and global levels, and her drive in creating the means to share that information with the global community, especially citizens, our planet has a better chance of surviving the environmental challenges ahead.” (2013 Global Citizen Award citation)

2018 Zurich Re Visiting Professor, University of California Santa Barbara (USA); 2017 Geospatial Ambassador, Geospatial World Award;Knight of the Order of Saint James for services to marine science (Monaco); Doctor of Science, University of Kent; Honorary Fellow, University of Wales; 2017 Geospatial Ambassador Geospatial World Award; Il monitor del Giardino Award (Italy); Masaryk Gold Medal, University of Brno (Czech Republic); Minerva Prize (Germany);  Jubileum Award, Chalmers Technical University (Sweden); Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Award in Genetics (USA); Commonwealth Scholarship (Canada); and Rotary International Graduate Scholarship (Indonesia).


Public lectures: more than 800 in various languages; recent example TedX Oporto (2017) Building Resilience to Climate Change.


Films: Winner of multiple international film awards and broadcast in many countries. Production of >30 short films: Environmental Atlas of Europe: series of short documentaries (2008-12) broadcast in many countries and in-flight); most recent example is December 2017 #BeatPollution, UN Environment Assembly.

Documentaries and TV Series: Planet RE:Think(2012); One Degree Matters(2009); Dust Storms(BBC World Service, Persia and Arabic 2017); Our Arctic Challenge (2006); TV Series: The Blue Revolution (1989) Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PBS (USA) Asahi TV, Harlech TV; Predictions Channel 4; Tomorrow Tonight Tyne Tees TV; The Evolution of Humans Equinox BBC (1992); The Next Big Thing BBC2.

Radio: BBC Radio 4 Chaos (1992); The Ocean Planet (2000); King John’s Treasure (2000);Learning from Nature(2001). Regular contributor to news channels

Field expeditions and exploration

  • San Salvador, Bahamas: impacts of climate change and invasive alien species
  • Arctic and Greenland ice sheets: impacts of climate change
  • Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory): exploration of uncharted undersea territories
  • Atlantic Ocean: deep-ocean exploration of the Carson Canyon and mid-Atlantic Ridge

Current research: Analysis of resilience and risk uncertainty in complex systems; development & implementation of informatics and fuzzy-logic expert systems for community based land and resource management; environmental monitoring and forecasting; natural prosperity and indigenous knowledge; evolutionary ecology; marine ecosystems analysis; application of earth observation data to ecosystem analysis and management; ecological economics with special reference to land-use change and forests; development of policies and frameworks for governance of land-rights, territories and natural resources, with particular reference to indigenous peoples, sustainable development, global food security, malnutrition and the changing political, global order.


Author of more than 200 publications, including as Lead author and editor in chief of more than 45 major EU and UN publications and research reports 2003-2017 on topics including Emerging Issues, Global Sand and Dust Storms, Environmental Outlooks, Air Quality, Sustainable Development Goals, Pollution, Water Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Mitigation; Climate Adaptation; Resource Efficiency and the Green Economy, Science Policy Interface. Below are a selection of papers and books:Follow on Google Scholar

1.Allen, P.M. & J.M.McGlade (1987) Modelling complex human systems: a fisheries example. Eur. J. Op. Res.30(2):147-167.

2.Allen, P.M. & J.M. McGlade (1987) Evolutionary drive: The effects of microscopic diversity, error-making and noise. Foundations of Physics17: 723-738.

3.McGlade, J.M. (1989) Integrated marine resource management: understanding the limits to exploitation. Am. Fish. Soc. Symp.6 :139-165.

4.Hogg, T., B.A. Huberman & J.M.McGlade (1989) The stability of ecosystems. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B237: 43 - 51.

5.Dublin, H. T., A.R.E.Sinclair & J.McGlade (1990) Elephants and fire as causes of multiple stable states in the Serengeti-Mara woodlands. J. Anim. Ecology59: 1147 - 1164.

6.McGlade, J. M. (1990) Ecological economics. Trends Ecol. Evol.5: 396-397.

7.Lister, A.M., J.M. McGlade & A.J.Stuart. 1990 The early Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from Little Oakley, Essex. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond.B328: 359 - 385.

8.Adams, J.M., H.Fauré, L. Fauré-Denard, J.M. McGlade & F.I. Woodward (1990) Glacial-interglacial changes in terrestrial carbon storage. Nature348: 711-714

9.Baird, D., J.M. McGlade & R.E. Ulanowicz (1990) The comparative ecology of six marine ecosystems. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 333: 15 – 29

10.Månsson, B. & J.M.McGlade (1993) Ecology, thermodynamics and H.T. Odum's conjectures. Oecologia93: 582 – 596

11.McGlade, J.M. [ed.] (1999) Advanced Ecological Theory, Blackwell Science 353p ISBN 0-86542-734-8

12.Bauer, P., S.Gaito, J.M.McGlade & D.Winter (1993) Estimation of net photosynthetically available radiation over oceans from satellite data: application to a dynamical model of a plankton bloom in the Atlantic Ocean. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing59: 323 – 329

13.McGlade, J.M. 1993 Alternative ecologies. New Scientist. February 13:14 – 16

14.Rand, D.A., H.Wilson & J.M.McGlade (1994) Dynamics and evolution: evolutionarily stable attractors, invasion exponents and phenotype dynamics. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B.343: 261 - 283.

15.McGlade, J.M. (1994) Chaos and its implications for marine resources science. Marine Environmental Management  1: 57-60

16.McGlade, J.M. (1994) Ecology, bureaucracy and differential equations. Mathematics Review  4:8 - 11

17.Hendry, R.J. & J.M.McGlade (1995) The role of memory in ecological systems. Proc. R.Soc. B259:153-159

18.Hendry, R., J.M.McGlade & J. Weiner (1996) A coupled map lattice model of the growth of plant monocultures. Ecol. Modelling84: 81-90

19.Keeling, M.J., Mezic, I., Hendry, R.J. McGlade, J.M. & D.A.Rand (1997) Characteristic length scales of spatial models in ecology via fluctuation analysis Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc.B 352: 1589-1601

20.Hendry, R., Bacon, P.J., Moss, R., Palmer, S.C.F. & J.McGlade (1997) A two-dimensional individual-based model of territorial behaviour: possible population consequences of kinship in Red Grouse. Ecol. Modelling105:23-39

21.Bees, M, I.Mezic & J.M.McGlade (1998) Plankton interactions and chaotic advection in Langmuir circulation. Mathematics & Computers in Simulation44:1-18

22.Cole, J.F.T. & J.McGlade (1998) Temporal and spatial patterning of sea surface temperature in the northern Benguela upwelling system: possible environmental indicators of clupeoid production. South African Journal of Marine Science19: 143-157

23.Cole, J. & J.McGlade (1998) Clupeoid population variability, the environment and satellite imagery in coastal upwelling systems. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries8: 445-471

24.Hogarth, A.N. & J.McGlade (1998) Development of SimCoastä. Tambuli4:34-35 ISSN 01 18-4687

25.Baird, M.E., S. Emsley & J.M. McGlade (2001) Modelling the interacting effects of nutrient uptake, light capture and temperature on phytoplankton growth. J. Plankton Res.23: 829-840

26.Baird, M.E., S. Emsley & J.M.McGlade (2001) Using a phytoplankton growth model to predict the fractionation of stable carbon isotopes. J. Plankton Res.23:841-848

27.Koranteng, K.A. & J.M. McGlade (2001) Climatic trends in continental shelf waters off Ghana and in the Gulf of Guinea, 1963-1992. Oceanologica Acta24:187-198

28.McGlade, J.M. (2002) Governance of transboundary pollution in the Danube River. Aquatic Ecosystem Health Management Sciences5(1):  95-110

29.McGlade, J.M. (2002) Primacy of Nature: earth democracy. Resurgence 214:40-41

30.McGlade, J.M. (2003) A diversity based fuzzy systems approach to ecosystem health assessment. Aquatic Ecosystem Health Management Sciences6:205-216

31.Hardman-Mountford, N. and J.M.McGlade (2003) Seasonal and interannual variability of oceanographic processes in the Gulf of Guinea: an investigation using AVHRR sea surface temperature data. Int. J. Remote Sensing24:2785-2809

32.Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) Ecosystems and Human Well-being Chapter 13 (Coordinating lead author); Chapters 4 (Lead author) 560p Island Press, Washington DC ISBN 1-55963-390-L

33.van den Hove, S., McGlade, J. & M.H. Depledge (2011) European innovation: a means to an end. Nature 474: 161

34.van den Hove, S., McGlade, J., Mottet, P., & M.H. Depledge (2012) The Innovation Union: a perfect means to a confused ends? Environmental Science and Policy 16: 73-80.

35.UNEP (2012) Measuring water use in a green economy, A Report of the Working Group on Water Efficiency to the UNEP International Resource Panel. McGlade, J. (Lead Author); (Contributors) Werner, B., Young, M., Matlock, M., Jefferies, D., Sonnemann, G., Aldaya, M., Pfister, S., Berger, M., Farell, C., Hyde, K., Wackernagel, M., Hoekstra, A., Mathews, R., Liu, J., Ercin, E., Weber, J.L., Alfieri, A., Martinez-Lagunes, R., Edens, B., Schulte, P., von Wirén-Lehr, S., Gee, D. ISBN 978-92-807-3220-7 87p

36.Gee, D, McGlade, J.M. et al (2013) Late Lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation. EEA Report 1/2013 ISBN 978-92-9213-356-6

37.McGlade, J.M., Quist, D. & D. Gee (2013) Policy: Social responsibility for new technologies Nature497: 317

38.Costanza, R. Giovannini,E., Kubiszewski. I., Lovins, H., McGlade, J., Pickett, K.E., Ragnarsdóttir, K.V., Roberts, D., De Vogli, R., & R.Wilkinson (2014) Time to leave GDP behind. Nature 505, 283–285 (16 January 2014) doi:10.1038/505283a

39.Costanza, R. McGlade, J. Kubiszewski. I. and Lovins, H. (2014) An overarching goal for the UN Sustainable Development Goals Solutions 5 (4) 13-16

40.UNEP (2014) Global Environment Outlook – Small Island Developing States (Lead Author) ISBN 978-92-807-33911-4

41.UNEP (2016) Global Gender and Environment Outlook (Lead Author) ISBN 978-92-807-53581-9

42.UNEP (2016) Frontiers 2016 – Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern (Co-editor and Lead Author) ISBN978-92-807-3553-6

43.UNEP (2016) Global Environment Outlook - 6 Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, West Asia Regional Assessments (Lead Author and Series Editor)

44.UNEP (2016) Global Assessment of Sand and Dust Storms (Lead Author) ISBN 978-92-807-3551-2

45.UN Environment (2017) Frontiers 2017 - Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern (Co-editor and­­­­­Lead Author Nanotechnology) ISBN 978-92-807-3664-9

46.Costanza, R., Caniglia, E., Fioramonti, R., Kubiszewski, I., Lewis, H., Lovins, H., McGlade, J., Mortensen, L.M., Philipsen, D., Pickett, K., Ragnarsdóttir, K.V., Roberts, D., Sutton, P., Trebeck, K., Wallis, S., Ward, J., Weatherhead, M., Wilkinson, R. (2018)Towards a sustainable wellbeing economy.Solutions  9 (2)

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