Esther Turnhout is associate professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Herresearch and teaching focus on the relation between science, politics and society in the field of biodiversity governance and nature conservation. Her current research focuses amongst others on amateur natural history, the science-policy interface, Natura 2000, public participation, ecological monitoring and performance measurement, invasive species, and biodiversity knowledge politics. Recently she has been researching the mobilisation of the concept of Ecosystem Services in conservation and the UN Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She has published articles on these and other topics in journals such as Nature, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies, Science and Public Policy, Environment and Planning and Conservation Letters. She is associate editor of Environmental science & Policy and has also been selected as an expert for the IPBES deliverables.