Prof Dr Peter EDWARDS
Singapore-ETH Centre Director & Principal Investigator of Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes
Peter Edwards has been the director of the Singapore-ETH Centre since 2013 and is currently the principal investigator of the Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes project under the Future Cities Laboratory. In Singapore, he is also adjunct professor in the Asian School of the Environment at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
He has been professor of Plant Ecology at ETH Zurich - the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich since 1993, where he has also served as Chairman of the Department of Environmental Systems Science. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer/Senior lecturer in Ecology at the University of Southampton, England, from 1973-1993. Peter Edwards took the natural science tripos at Cambridge University, specialising in botany, and graduated in 1970. In 1973 he obtained his PhD degree, also from Cambridge, for a thesis entitled Nutrient cycling in a New Guinea montane forest.
Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. He was a founder and first Executive Secretary of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, a professional organisation for environmental practitioners. At ETH Zurich, he was faculty coordinator and member of the Executive Board of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a research partnership between several leading universities.
Peter Edwards is author of around 300 refereed scientific papers and author/editor of several books covering a wide range of environmental topics including ecosystem processes, insect-plant interactions, environmental management, and biodiversity. His recent research has focused particularly on large-scale processes in terrestrial ecosystems, including interactions between large herbivores and vegetation, the dynamics of vegetation on the flood plains of large rivers, and the role of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.