Stephan M Funk FRSB

My experience has breadth and depth as witnessed by the range of basic and applied topics. I develop it through my intellectual curiosity and academic “nosiness”. I am a passionate and well-rounded academic and applied scientist enthusiastic and experienced in

● evidence-based conservation of biodiversity and human and wildlife health
● interdisciplinary & collaborative research in ecology, genetics & conservation biology
● transmitting knowledge and enthusiasm to university students & the general public
● providing specialist advisory, training and coaching services for applied commerce & industry
● information weaving, data analysis, presentation and publication

Current position

Director & owner of Nature Heritage, a not-for-profit consultancy registered in Jersey (since 2004).

Brief Appointment history

● 2015-2018 Research Fellow & senior lecturer, Centro de Excelencia en Medicina Traslacional CEMT, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile
● 2013-2015 Research Fellow, Universidad UCT de Temuco, Chile
● 2010-2013 Director for Conservation (full-time), Nature Heritage, Berlin, Germany
● 2007-2010 Senior Conservation Biologist & Head Conservation Genetic Laboratory, DWCT, Jersey


● PhD Biology with Honours: 1994, Université de la Sarre, Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
● MSc Ecology and Management of Natural Resources: 1995, University of Bristol, UK
● Diplom-Biologe (eq. MSc): 1989, Zoology, Genetics & Electrical Engineering, Université de la Sarre
● Diplom as Auditor for Quality Management and Environmental Management
● Certificate as EU Fundraiser
● Continuous Professional Training attending various MOOCs


● 61 published peer-reviewed papers (9 in 2020-21)
● 2 books, 1 scheduled book with Cambridge University Press
● 15 book chapters

RG Score (ResearchGate)

34.3 (top 7.5 % of ResearchGate members)

ORCID (researcher ID)


Key expertise

● critical data analysis & publishing
● international field & laboratory research
● training, teaching & capacity building
● specialist advisory service

Honours & affiliations 

● Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Biology, FRSB, since 2010
● Affiliated Research Fellow, NSF CREST Center for Applied Tropical Ecology & Conservation, Universidad Puerto Rico, 2007-13;
● Affiliated Research Fellow, Cambridge University, UK, 2000-5;
● Honorary Research Fellow, University College London, UK, 1999-2000


● German & English (bilingual)
● Spanish (medium-level)
● French (basic)