Rosie Hails is Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) with research interests including the trade-offs between provisioning and other ecosystem services from agricultural land; valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services; persistence and transmission of insect pathogens, and the risk assessment of genetically modified plants and viruses.


Rosie chairs the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) which advises government on the risks to human health and the environment from the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She is a member of council for the British Ecological Society (BES) and the Society of Biology (SB) and with these organisations she founded the ‘Natural Capital Initiative’ (NCI) (see She was a member of the expert panel and an author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.


She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000. She brings her experience and understanding of biodiversity, its valuation and its policy context, to the work of the Natural Capital Committee.

Committee Member, Rosemary Hails