Dr Jo Maloney
Edge Founder and Director
As a European Commission postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Royal Society of London Fellow, I have had the opportunity to develop my environmental career globally, holding leading roles in science, policy, management, governance and tertiary environmental education. I have had the privilege of working with teams of dedicated co-workers and inspiring partners from around the world on some of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.
Captivated by wildlife and inspired to understand how our environment was formed and functions, my lifelong passion for our natural world started at a young age and an environmental related career was the natural direction. With a degree in Zoology with Geology, PhD in Marine Sciences and subsequent specialist postgraduate certificate in Environmental Forensics and Policy, my interests have carved out a global career focussed on gaining the knowledge and tools to protect our natural environment.
Applying scientific knowledge governing how biodiversity of diverse ecosystems is structured and function to inform the sustainable management of our natural resources, lies at the heart of my career. With 30 years of multidisciplinary environmental experience, spanning ecological scales and diverse habitat types around the globe (terrestrial, freshwater and marine) including extreme environments of the Arctic, Tropics and Deep Sea, I have gained a profound scientific understanding of how ecosystems are structured, interconnected from ‘Land to Sea’ and function as integrated systems.
My leading roles around the world from the UK to Scandinavia and Australia, have bridged science to policy, with specialised knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience, mechanisms driving ecosystem structure and functional dynamics, transport of environmental contaminants, environmental effects of anthropogenic pressures, development of water quality regulation frameworks, sustainable aquaculture, ecosystem resilience-based management across scales and climate change challenges. I have applied this knowledge to author international publications, develop sustainable national environmental strategies and programmes, Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) for governments, scientific evidence reports to inform national policy development and environmental operational guidance for government bodies. As a global expert, I have also written postgraduate academic courses and education resources for top international universities.
Edge is uniquely positioned to offer expert world-class environmental support. We help raise environmental ambitions, provide strategic direction and assist in accelerating the pace of national environmental resilience and sustainability delivery.
What is the Edge Ethos and Vision ?
The Edge Logo is the Koru (Māori for ‘loop’) – a spiral shape based on the appearance of a new unfurling silver fern frond, and also a stylised letter ‘e’. It is an integral symbol in Māori art and culture, symbolising growth, resilience, strength and harmony. The same principles Edge Ecosystem are striving to enhance as we rebalance and regenerate the natural environment.
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