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Contributors for Colour of Silence

Introducing the 6 contributors who kindly gave up their time to write articles for the new nature book called Colour of Silence.

Here is more about their important and on going nature conservation work. 

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Dr. Alan Rayner


Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist. He gained BA and PhD degrees at King’s College, Cambridge in 1972 and 1975  He was a Reader in Biological Sciences at the University of Bath from 1985 to 2011 and has published numerous papers and books, the latter including, most recently, The Origin of Life Patterns in the Natural Inclusion of Space in Flux. He was President of the British Mycological Society in 1998 and President of Bath Natural History Society from 2012 - 2018. Since 2000, he has been pioneering awareness of ‘natural inclusion’, 'evolution in response to receptive invitation'. This awareness is based on the recognition that material form and immaterial space are distinct but mutually inclusive occurrences. It enables us to understand ourselves and other life forms as dynamic expressions of our natural habitat, not independent subjects and objects. Alan has a special interest in helping people to become more aware of the diversity of wildlife in their local neighbourhood, and how this can help us to learn to live together in a more passionate, compassionate and sustainable way than we currently do.


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Emma Marsh MAPM FRSA 


Emma Marsh is a sustainability specialist and influential conservationist with significant strategic experience in the environmental and not-for-profit sector. Emma currently works for the RSPB, the largest conservation charity in the country, as the Director for RSPB England, which consistently delivers successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and people and inspiring others to stand up and fight for our nature in England. Emma has been recognised with several awards during her career including the Guardian Sustainable Business 'Unsung Hero', is a Fellow of RSA and for many years headed up the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and movement. Emma has a life-long love of nature and has a special interest in social equality of access to nature rich green spaces which sadly is not currently the case. The COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the importance of nature in our everyday lives, particularly its role in helping to improve our mental health and physical wellbeing, and our connection to our planet and each other at a time when many have felt isolated. However, we are in the midst of a Nature and Climate crisis and time is running out to act. From urban parks and gardens, to rural moorland and coast, we have all tried to find our own little slice of nature. And we all benefit from it.  In England we rely on nature for numerous goods and services that support our health, happiness, and prosperity. It can protect us from flooding and drought, slow down the devastating effects of climate change, help us pollinate our crops, and improve our health and wellbeing. The value of nature cannot be underestimated, and we need to recognise its worth and fight for its future, our future.”

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Dr. Kate A. Hardwick


Kate Hardwick is a conservation scientist specialising in the ecology, conservation and sustainable use of seeds of wild plant species. She has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for nearly 20 years, including more than 10 years with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, where she currently manages the Asia region. The MSBP aims to secure the safe storage of seed from the world’s bankable plant species, whilst promoting in situ plant conservation, sustainable utilisation of plant resources, habitat restoration and the improvement of livelihoods. Kate’s research interests have focussed on the use of seeds in ecological restoration, particularly in tropical forests and temperate grasslands. Kate holds a PhD in forest ecology from the University of Wales and spend five years in Thailand doing fieldwork for her PhD and working in forest conservation.

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>>Millennium Seed Bank Project <<

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Dr. Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla


A Full Professor in the Department of Economics and Business at the University of Alcalá (Spain), where he is also Lead Researcher of the Complex Systems in Social Sciences Research Group, and a Research Associate of the Institute for Economic and Social Analysis (IAES) and of the Banco Santander Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also a Co-founder of INNOGREEN Research and a Member of the Innovation Council of the Insight Foresight Institute (IFI). Prof. Carrillo previously chaired between 2008 and 2012 the Economics Department at the top ranked IE Business School (Spain), where he co-founded in 2003 with Prof. Gregory C. Unruh a then groundbreaking initiative to study and promote Circular Economy, the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management, under the chairmanship of William McDonough, known as the "father of the Circular Economy" and co-creator of "Cradle to Cradle" design. He was also a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge and at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), a Visiting Professor at Shanghai International University Studies, and he has served as an Independent Expert assisting the European Commission, the OECD and the Spanish Government. Dr. Carrillo has dedicated the last few years to researching sustainable technological change and new policy and management models that address the environmental challenge in an innovative way (eco-innovation and circular economy). His advances in the field are expounded in numerous articles and works on environmental sustainability and technological change, published in international journals and books. Furthermore, he regularly contributes to leading newspapers and media and participates as a speaker in conferences on corporate social responsibility, environmental management and innovation management. Javier holds a PhD in Economics from UAH and an MBA with Honours from IE Business School, and has completed his postdoctoral training at institutions like Harvard Business School, the University of Cambridge or Bentley College, among others.

>> Click here for a publication by Dr Carrillo<<

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John Parker


John Parker is Technical Director at the Arboricultural Association ( He has more than ten years of experience in public sector tree management and from 2012-2019 was a member of the Executive Committee of the London Tree Officers Association, which he Chaired in 2016-18, and until 2019 was a Director of the National Association of Tree Officers. John is a member of the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) International Steering Group and is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Arboriculturist and an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology. He frequently presents at national and international conferences such as EFUF, the National Tree Officers Conference, the ICF International Conference and the European Arboricultural Council and has delivered a TED Talk entitled Why trees are better than people. Since spring 2020 John has chaired the Arboricultural Association webinar series, covering a huge range of topics, to a worldwide audience. In 2018 he was named Young European Urban Forester of the Year and in 2020 he was appointed as a Trustee of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, the national UK tree collection. John is interested in public engagement, green equity and promoting the benefits of trees, with particular consideration for their social and cultural value. In 2020 he founded the Stonehouse Community Arboretum, a social arboriculture initiative in his home town.
Follow John on Twitter at @johntree1981 and watch his TED Talk here:

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Lauren Davies

Lauren is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Swarm Dynamics. The charity harnesses arts and effective communications to help engage wider audiences on sustainable futures. She previously worked in the UK arts and cultural sector and now works in Higher Education. She is a passionate advocate for systems change. Lauren has previously worked with a range of artists, writers, musicians, and theatre-makers on the production of new and original artworks for events, festivals, and venues looking to take creative risks with emerging technology. Lauren worked with ONCA Centre for Arts & Ecology, the Brighton based arts education charity that presents an annual artistic programme on themes of environmental change. She also worked as programme coordinator for UK environmental arts organisation Julie’s Bicycle. She has an avid interest in harnessing the power of art to influence change.

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