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My goal is to find new, positive ways to tackle global and local challenges involving people and biodiversity as we pursue sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and action on climate change.
I am a community ecologist by training and now work across the environmental and social sciences to understand socio-environmental interactions in relation to natural resource use and decision-making. Boosting equity and justice in global-to-local decision-making is a core driver of my research. In my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship - The Beacon Project - I combine biodiversity and energy justice to identify and manage conflicts between Sustainable Development Goals, using hydropower as a model system.
Brief biography
I have always worked towards bringing conservation science and people together (preferably in remote and challenging locations!).
I gained BSc. (hons. 1st class) Environmental Biology (University of Plymouth; 2008), followed by various short-term positions between 2008-2011, working as a conservation research assistant and as an outdoors instructor (I am a qualified expedition leader, teaching mountain craft, ecology and conservation in the UK and overseas). I gained my MRes. Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (Imperial College London; 2012) followed by my PhD at the University of Stirling (2013-2017). More short-term positions followed as a part-time Postdoc and part-time lecturer (University of Stirling).I gained my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in 2020 and am PI of The Beacon Project.
Linking science and policy
I am currently the Vice Chair of the British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group working to foster closer links between ecological researchers and policy-makers in Scotland. I will take over as Chair in January 2021.
Further information
For further information at about my institution, teaching and research group clusters, please visit my University of Stirling profile.

Biodiversity | People | Development

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