(PhD, MSc, BSc) F.R.G.S., F.R.E.S.
Conservation Biologist, Landscape Ecologist, Zoologist, & Lepidopterist
“I am a highly dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Conservation Scientist with excellent people and project management skills. From a very early age I developed a passion for natural history which has grown into a successful career in species and habitat conservation, protective area management, and landscape ecology”
- I am proficient in many biological skills and possess a good general knowledge of current wildlife and conservation issues.
- My knowledge and skills are supported by a significant amount of conservation fieldwork, both in the UK and overseas.
- Much of my work involves delivering international conservation targets and I am responsible for giving species conservation and habitat management advice to a wide range of people and organisations.
- I have discovered several species new to science, including a new species of Atheris snake (bush viper), Rampholeon sp. (pygmy chameleon), and Rhinolophous sp. (leaf-nosed bat).
- I am a Lepidopterist. This has been one of my earliest interests from a young age. For example I have discovered 4 new species and 3 new sub-species of butterfly.
- I have developed and delivered Ecological Monitoring Programmes (Malawi and Mozambique).
- I have designed and carried out many baseline biodiversity field surveys and biological inventories (Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique).
- I am experienced in protected area management (Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique).
- My biological data skills include knowledge and use of appropriate data analysis and modelling skills, such as the use of probabilistic associative modelling for biodiversity management (Oxfordshire, UK)
- I discovered the largest continuous tract of mid-altitude rain forest in southern Africa (Mount Mabu, Mozambique).
- I have extensive include knowledge research experience covering many aspects of Conservation Biology and Ecology. Over the last 10 years l have undertaken research focusing on single species studies, interactions between species, ecosystem modelling, and the use of advanced technology towards conservation management. Such studies have ranged from pure ecological research to conservation management strategies. Please see ‘Scientific Papers’ section for further details.
- I have strong project management, data collection, and integration skills.
- I have over 11 years of conservation project management experience (for example I have developed and delivered conservation projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique).
- I am experienced in budget management and the necessity to operate within financial constraints. All projects that I have managed have operated within the specified budget.
- I have gained a significant amount of people management experience from managing staff and participants through the Darwin Initiative project, WCS, and Frontier.
- My people management experience includes recruitment, management, assessment and training of conservation staff and volunteers.
- I enjoy working with people and feel that interpersonal and management skills are key strengths of mine.
- Advanced knowledge of GIS (ArcMAP), GPS, and ERDAS remote sensing software. Through my PhD I have advanced knowledge of GIS functionality. This gave me considerable experience in GIS ‘predictive’ modelling capability and database creation. I also analyse satellite imagery (using ERDAS) to create land use databases within a GIS platform.
Communications (including media)
- I possess excellent communication and diplomatic skills and enjoy working with a wide range of people and organisations. Good communication skills are vital for my current job.
- I have a wide range of professional contacts in both governmental and non-governmental organisations.
- I regularly give presentations and deliver training workshops.
- I have organised and facilitated many meetings, workshops and fora.
- I have significant experience of scientific paper and technical report writing (see overleaf for details).
- I have gained a great deal of experience of working with the media in my current job and from previous jobs, and have given numerous interviews on conservation issues - e.g. http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=958&catID=4
- I am a reviewer for the scientific journals Biological Conservation, Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment, and also for the African Journal of Ecology.
- I speak English, conversational Swahili and French. I am also learning Welsh.
- I have put together funding bids for a wide range of large and small conservation projects and have been successful in obtaining funding in most cases.
- Examples of successful funding proposals I have written and submitted include: FINNIDA - £50,000 plus 5 yrs support - to undertake biodiversity surveys of the East Usambara mountains (Tanzania), Japanese Embassy - £80,000 - Equipment to support the biodiversity surveys of the East Usambara mountains (Tanzania), Earthwatch - £20,000 plus ongoing project support - Volunteer support to collect the data of the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust Ecological Monitoring Programme (Malawi), and the Darwin Initiative - £198,000 - 3 year programme assessing the biological status of northern Mozambique’s high altitude mountains (Mozambique/Malawi).
|Date||Job title and Employer||Main responsibilities|
|Sept 2010 to present||Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, & Guinea. Programme manager - Mt. Nimba Transboundary Environmental Governance Platform (Liberia, Cote D'Ivoire, & Guinea) Darwin Initiative project for Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Cambridge, UK.||http://www.nimbadarwin.org/|
|June 2010 to present||Nigeria. Consultant for the UNEP-WCMC Climate Change Programme (Nigeria) - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP), Cambridge, UK.||http://www.unep-wcmc.org/climate/pdf/NigeriaSummaryReport2010.pdf|
|January 2010 to present||Tanzania. Programme Coordinator & Analyst on the 'Valuing the Arc' ecosystem service assessment project at the University of Cambridge.||
|2006 - 2009||Mozambique/Malawi. Darwin Project Coordinator||"Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-East Africa’s Montane Ecosystems". Main responsibilities include: Planning and delivering a major international conservation project; managing project staff and volunteers; significantly increasing the reputation of MMCT, IIAM, RBGKew, and the Darwin Initiative; influence and public advocacy work in East Africa; advising on new projects and other developments; managing the project budget; fundraising; strengthening and developing partnerships in the region; promoting the project (including producing high quality scientific reports and media work).|
|2004 - 2006||Malawi. WCS Biodiversity and Monitoring Programme – Director, c/o Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust.||Responsible for undertaking baseline biodiversity surveys and establishing an Ecological Monitoring Programme (EMP) on Mount Mulanje, Malawi. Reporting to the WCS Africa Director I worked closely with a Malawian counterpart from MMCT to successfully establish the EMP.|
|2002 - 2003||Oxford. Spatial Ecology & Landuse Unit (SELU) – Post doc Researcher.||Examined the potential of metapopulation modelling and spatial statistics in natural resource management in the UK following on from the results of my PhD.|
|1998||Madagascar. Project Coordinator.||
Management and planning of microchiropteran status and distribution surveys in previously un-surveyed Madagascan rainforest. Supported by Fauna and Flora International (FFI).
|1993 - 1996||Tanzania. Frontier Tanzania East Usambara Forest Research Programme – Project Coordinator.||Conducting baseline biodiversity assessments of forests in Tanzania.|
|1993||Uganda. Frontier Uganda Game Park Research Programme – Science Coordinator.||Initiation and supervision of science programmes in Uganda.|
|1988 – 1989||South Africa. Project Trust.||
Biology and maths teacher. St. Ansgar’s school, Roodeport/Soweto, S. Africa.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
Honorary Research Associate, African Butterfly Research Institute (ABRI).
Congdon, C., Collins, C. & Bayliss J. (2010) Butterflies of south east Africa's mountains (Mozambique and Malawi). Metamorphosis 21(2): 45-107.
Fishpool, L. D. C. & Bayliss, J. (2010) Brief notes on the birds of Mount Inago, northern Mozambique. African Bird Club Bulletin 17(2): 198-201.
Monadjem, A., M.C. Schoeman, A. Reside, D. V. Pio, S. Stoffberg, J. Bayliss, F.P.D. (Woody) Cotterill, M. Curran, M. Kopp, & P. J. Taylor (2010) A recent inventory of the bats of Mozambique with documentation of seven new species for the country. Acta Chiropterologica 12(2).
Branch, William R. & Tolley, Krystal A. (2010) A new species of chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae: Nadzikambia baylissi) from Mount Mabu, central Mozambique. African Journal of Herpetology, 59(2): 157-172.
Bayliss, J., Burrow, C., Martell, S., & Staude, H. (2010). An ecological study between two living fossils in Malawi - the Mulanje Tiger Moth (Callioratus grandis) and the Mulanje Cycad (Encephalartos gratus). African Journal of Ecology, 48 (2): 472-480.
Branch, W. & J. L. Bayliss (2009). A new species of tree viper Atheris (Serpentes: Viperidae) from Northern Mozambique. Zootaxa: 2113: 41-54.
Spottiswoode C. N., Patel I. H., Herrmann E., Timberlake, J. & J. Bayliss (2008). Threatened bird species on two little-known mountains (Mabu and Chiperone) in northern Mozambique. Ostrich 79 (1): 1-7.
Nangoma, D. & J. L. Bayliss (2007). The first use of the MODIS Rapid Response (MRR) fires alert system on Mount Mulanje in Malawi. Nyala 24: 3-15.
Bayliss, J. L., Hecht, J., Makungwa, S., Nangoma, D., & Bruessow C. (2007). Saving the Island in the Sky: the plight of the Mount Mulanje cedar Widdringtonia whytei in Malawi. Oryx 41 (1): 64-69.
Bayliss, J. L, Simonite, V., Thompson, S. (2006). An innovative approach to targeting sites for wading bird assemblages in the UK. Journal for Nature Conservation, 14 (1): 1- 15.
Bayliss, J. L, Simonite, V., Thompson, S. (2005). The use of probabilistic habitat suitability models for biodiversity action planning. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 108 (3): 228-250.
Thompson, S., Hazel, A., Bailey, N., Bayliss, J. & Lee, J.T. (2004). Identifying potential breeding sites for the stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) in the UK. Journal for Nature Conservation, 12, 229 - 235.
Bayliss, J., Helyar, A., Lee, J.T. Lee & Thompson, S. (2003). A multi-criteria targeting approach to neutral grassland conservation. Journal of Environmental Management, 67, 145 - 160.
Bayliss, J. (2002). The East Usambara tree-hole crab (Brachyura: Potamoidea: Potamonautidae) - a striking example of crustacean adaptation in closed canopy forest, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 40 (1): 26-34.
Bayliss, J. & A. Fielding (2002). Termitophagous foraging by Pachycondyla analis (Formicidae, Ponerinae) in a Tanzanian coastal dry forest. Sociobiology 39 (1): 103-122.
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSBayliss, J. Simonite V. and Thompson S. (2002). An innovative approach to multi-species avian conservation. Avian Landscape Ecology. Pure and Applied Issues in the Large-Scale Ecology of Birds. Proceedings of 2002 International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) conference
Ravilious, C., Kapos, V., Osti, M., Bertzky, M., Bayliss, J.L., Dahiru,S., & Dickson, B. (2010) Carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services: Exploring co-benefits. Nigeria: Preliminary Results. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.
Bayliss, J., Monteiro, J., Fishpool, L., Congdon, C., Bampton, I., Bruessow, C., Hermenegildo, M., Aurelio, B., & J. Timberlake (2010) The Biodiversity and Conservation of Mount Inago, Mozambique . Darwin Initiative Project: Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-east Africa's Montane Ecosystems. DI No. 15/036.
Jonathan Timberlake, Francoise Dowsett Lemaire, Julian Bayliss, Tereza Alves, Susana Baena, Jorge Francisco, Tim Harris, Camila da Sousa (2009). The Biodiversity and Conservation of Mount Mabu, Mozambique. Darwin Initiative Project: Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-east Africa’s Montane Ecosystems. DI No. 15/036.
Jonathan Timberlake, Francoise Dowsett Lemaire, Julian Bayliss, Tereza Alves, Susana Baena, Jorge Francisco, Tim Harris, Camila da Sousa (2009). The Biodiversity and Conservation of Mount Mchese, Malawi. Darwin Initiative Project: Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-east Africa’s Montane Ecosystems. DI No. 15/036.
Jonathan Timberlake, Francoise Dowsett Lemaire, Julian Bayliss, Tereza Alves, Susana Baena, Jorge Francisco, Tim Harris, Camila da Sousa (2008). The Biodiversity and Conservation of Mount Namuli, Mozambique. Darwin Initiative Project: Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-east Africa’s Montane Ecosystems. DI No. 15/036.
Jonathan Timberlake, Julian Bayliss, Tereza Alves, Susana Baena, Jorge Francisco, Tim Harris, Camila da Sousa (2007). The Biodiversity and Conservation of Mount Chiperone, Mozambique. Darwin Initiative Project: Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-east Africa’s Montane Ecosystems. DI No. 15/036.
Bayliss, J. (2005). An Ecological Monitoring Programme for Mount Mulanje Forest Reserve, Malawi. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) consultancy contract for the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT).
Lee, J.T., Bailey, N., Bayliss, J. & Thompson, S. (2001a). Development of a Biodiversity and Landscape Map for the Chilterns using a GIS based model. Phase I: Production of land use map for the Chilterns Natural Area. English Nature Contract No. TC/12/00.
Lee, J., Griffiths, G., Warnock, S. Bailey, N., Bayliss, J., Vogiatzakis & Thompson, S. (2001b). Development of a Biodiversity and Landscape Map for the Chilterns using a GIS based model. Phase II: Habitat model: formulation, operation and results. English Nature Contract No. TC/17/00.
Bayliss, J & Hayes, B. (1999). The status and distribution of bats, primates, and butterflies from the Makira plateau, Madagascar. A report to the Fauna and Flora International (FFI) 100% fund, Cambridge, UK.
Cunneyworth, P., Bayliss, J., and Stubblefield, L. (1996a). Magoroto Forest: A Biodiversity Survey. Tanzania. East Usambara Catchment Forest Project FINNIDA Technical Paper No. 30. Tanzania/Vanta.
Cunneyworth, P., Bayliss, J., and Stubblefield, L. (1996b). Bamba Ridge Forest Reserve: A Biodiversity Survey, Tanzania. East Usambara Catchment Forest Project FINNIDA Technical Paper No. 31. Tanzania/Vanta.
Cunneyworth, P., Bayliss, J., and Stubblefield, L. (1996c). Mlungui Proposed Forest Reserve: A Biodiversity Survey, Tanzania. East Usambara Catchment Forest Project FINNIDA Technical Paper No. 32. Tanzania/Vanta.