Dr Nicola Beaumont

Environmental Economist

Dr Nicola Beaumont

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Dr Nicola Beaumont is an experienced senior interdisciplinary scientist, with 17 years’ experience of combining marine science with environmental economics. Nicola specialises in quantification and valuation of marine ecosystem services, and translating complex natural science into terms which are meaningful in a social and economic context. She has experience across a variety of scales from local county councils to European and Global levels, and in a variety of marine management issues, including: renewable energy, ocean acidification, and marine planning and policy.

Nicola has led a wide variety of interdisciplinary projects and was the lead economist for marine and coastal margins on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. She currently acts as PI on the INTERREG funded Valmer project “Assessing and valuing marine ecosystems”; the UKERC funded  “ADdressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together”  (ADVENT); the EU funded Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas (PERSEUS); in addition to leading PML’s socio-economic contribution to the Marine Management Organisation Framework agreement.

Nicola has an extensive publication record across many domains, including peer reviewed literature, policy reports, book chapters and popular science articles.  She sits on a number of international and national committees, covering both academic and policy angles, for example she is the Marine Biome Expert Group Lead for the International Ecosystem Services Partnership, a member of Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange NERC Advisory Council, and also a member of the Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG) which reports to the Ministerial Marine Science Group.

Key Projects

ValMER (PI). An EU funded project to develop, trial and refine methodologies that will be used to quantify and communicate the value (economic, social and environmental) of marine and coastal ecosystem services in the western Channel-Manche region. 2011-2015

Integrated approaches to ecosystem services and energy: Assessing the global and local impacts on ecosystem services of energy provision in the UK (PI). A UKERC funded project to assess the local and global impacts on Ecosystem Services (ESs) from energy provision in the UK. 2010 - 2013

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOARP)(acting PI) A NERC, Defra and DECC funded project to investigate the potential impacts of ocean acidification on the life stages of commercially important species, on their associated ecosystems and socio-economics, and their capacity to resist and adapt. 2010 - 2013

Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas (PERSEUS) (PI) An EU funded project to identify pressures, impacts on marine ecosystems and, using MSFD, design a governance framework based on sound scientific knowledge.2010 – 2014UKERC: Integrated approaches to ecosystem services and energy: Assessing the global and local impacts on ecosystem services of energy provision in the UK. 2012-2015

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme: Socio-economic consequences relating to ocean acidification at an ecosystem level. 2011-2013

National Ecosystem Assessment. Lead economist for marine and coastal margins. 2011

Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF). An EU funded  network of excellence with the aim of integrating and disseminating knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public. Lead role within the socio-economic theme. 2004 – 2009.

Marine Protected Areas as tools for Fisheries management and conservation (EMPAFISH). To provide EU with a set of integrated measures and policy proposals for the implementation of MPAs as fisheries and ecosystem management tools. 2005 - 2008

Other Activities

Ecosystem Service Partnership. Marine Biome Expert Group Lead

Member of Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange NERC advisory council

Member of SPLICE (Sustainable Pathways for Low Carbon Energy Research Programme)

Member of Productive Seas Evidence Group (PSEG), this group aims to ensure that appropriate monitoring programmes are in place to produce periodic assessments to identify the nature and influences that human activities have on the socio-economic uses of the marine environment 


Bateman, I.J., D.Abson, N.Beaumont, A.Darnell, C. Fezzi, N. Hanley, A. Kontoleon, D.Maddison, P.Morling, J. Morris, S. Mourato, U. Pascual, G. Perino, A. Sen,  D.Tinch, K.Turner and G.Valatin (2011) Economic Values from Ecosystems. Chapter 22 . In: The UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report. UK National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.

Beaumont N.J., M.C. Austen, S.C. Mangi, M. Townsend. Economic valuation for the conservation of marine biodiversity. Marine Pollution Bulletin 56 (2008) 386–396

Beaumont N.J., M.C. Austen, J. Atkins, D. Burdon, S. Degraer, T.P. Dentinho, S. Derous, P. Holm, T. Horton, E. van Ierland, A. H. Marboe, D.J. Starkey, M. Townsend, T. Zarzycki. Identification, Definition and Quantification of Goods and Services provided by Marine Biodiversity: Implications for the Ecosystem Approach. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54 (2007) 253-265

Worm B., E. B. Barbier, Beaumont N.J, J. E. Duffy, C. Folke, B. S. Halpern, J. B.C. Jackson, H. K. Lotze, F. Micheli, S. R. Palumbi, E. Sala, K. A. Selkoe, J. J. Stachowicz, R.Watson (2006). Impact of Biodiversity loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services. Science, 314, 787 : 790 3rd November 2006.

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