About

The Working Ant

We work across disciplines to identify how the needs of the economy, food security and biodiversity might be co-achieved. We also specialise in global conservation finance and its impact, and in agroforestry systems. Most of our work has been global in scale, but we have also worked directly with smallholders and villages in lower-income countries.

Do contact us to learn more about our work, to commission research, or to enquire about any other consulting activities tailored to your organisation.

The Working Ant

We work across disciplines to identify how the needs of the economy, food security and biodiversity might be co-achieved. We also specialise in global conservation finance and its impact, and in agroforestry systems. Most of our work has been global in scale, but we have also worked directly with smallholders and villages in lower-income countries.

Do contact us to learn more about our work, to commission research, or to enquire about any other consulting activities tailored to your organisation.

Founder & Principal Consultant, The Working Ant

Dr Anthony Waldron

Dr Waldron is currently the Lead Author on the 30 x 30 Economic Analysis project, which brings together over 100 researchers across ten disciplines to examine the economic impacts of the proposed CBD target to protect 30% of the planet for nature.  The project is funded by National Geographic and the Campaign for Nature and he is based out of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. 

He has researched and taught for Oxford University (Zoology Department), National University of Singapore (BioEconomics Group), Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (as Visiting Professor of Conservation and Chocolate), University of Illinois (Social and Political science Department), University of Georgia (Odum School of Ecology), and University of British Columbia. He was previously Conservation Director of the NGO Fundacion Maquipucuna (Ecuador).

He has two degrees in the humanities (English literature and discourse) from Cambridge University, a BSc in Ecology and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology (focused on economics, law and ecological management) from Imperial College London, and a doctorate from University of British Columbia (combining phylogenetics, macroevolution and biogeography). He was also Director of Communications for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a journalist in South America, and a computer programmer and cabin crew performance adviser for British Airways. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and started his own consultancy (The Working Ant) on biodiversity economics and finance in 2018.

Founder & Principal Consultant, The Working Ant

Dr Anthony Waldron

Dr Waldron is currently the Lead Author on the 30 x 30 Economic Analysis project, which brings together over 100 researchers across ten disciplines to examine the economic impacts of the proposed CBD target to protect 30% of the planet for nature.  The project is funded by National Geographic and the Campaign for Nature and he is based out of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. 

He has researched and taught for Oxford University (Zoology Department), National University of Singapore (BioEconomics Group), Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (as Visiting Professor of Conservation and Chocolate), University of Illinois (Social and Political science Department), University of Georgia (Odum School of Ecology), and University of British Columbia. He was previously Conservation Director of the NGO Fundacion Maquipucuna (Ecuador).

He has two degrees in the humanities (English literature and discourse) from Cambridge University, a BSc in Ecology and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology (focused on economics, law and ecological management) from Imperial College London, and a doctorate from University of British Columbia (combining phylogenetics, macroevolution and biogeography). He was also Director of Communications for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a journalist in South America, and a computer programmer and cabin crew performance adviser for British Airways. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and started his own consultancy (The Working Ant) on biodiversity economics and finance in 2018.

Founder & Principal Consultant, The Working Ant

Dr Anthony Waldron

Dr Waldron is currently the Lead Author on the 30 x 30 Economic Analysis project, which brings together over 100 researchers across ten disciplines to examine the economic impacts of the proposed CBD target to protect 30% of the planet for nature.  The project is funded by National Geographic and the Campaign for Nature and he is based out of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. 

He has researched and taught for Oxford University (Zoology Department), National University of Singapore (BioEconomics Group), Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (as Visiting Professor of Conservation and Chocolate), University of Illinois (Social and Political science Department), University of Georgia (Odum School of Ecology), and University of British Columbia. He was previously Conservation Director of the NGO Fundacion Maquipucuna (Ecuador).

He has two degrees in the humanities (English literature and discourse) from Cambridge University, a BSc in Ecology and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology (focused on economics, law and ecological management) from Imperial College London, and a doctorate from University of British Columbia (combining phylogenetics, macroevolution and biogeography). He was also Director of Communications for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a journalist in South America, and a computer programmer and cabin crew performance adviser for British Airways. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and started his own consultancy (The Working Ant) on biodiversity economics and finance in 2018.