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The Beacon Project
Combining Biodiversity and Energy justice to resolve Conflicts between Sustainable Development Goals.
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Beacon is my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project. I work with stakeholders from local to global scales to understand the complex socio-environmental dimensions of conflicts between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using hydropower development as a model system. I work in Brazil, Kazakhstan, India and the UK with diverse project partners including IIED and The Amazon Dams Network.

Dam-B: social + environmental dimensions of dams in Brazil
Working to understand the social and environmental impacts of dams through space and time in Brazil.
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Dam-B is a GCRF-funded project investigating how local people perceive dam construction in Brazil; and to identify how the costs and benefits of dam construction are distributed through space and time. I am PI on this project and work with a fantastic team of Brazilian researchers:
Maísa Assano (Research Assistant, Brazil)
Dr Maíra Benchimol (Collaborator; Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil)
Maria Isabel (Bel) F.P.O. Martins
(Collaborator; Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá, Brazil)
Dr João Vitor Campos-Silva (Collaborator; Projeto Médio Juruá & Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Conservation Conflicts
Using socio-ecological surveys, games and modelling to understand stakeholder decision-making regarding natural resource management.
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I have worked on conservation conflicts involving goose hunting in Kazakhstan, combining socio-ecological surveys and species population modelling to understand the two-way relationship between how global conservation policies can affect local actions, and in the opposite direction, how local social and cultural values and governance can influence conservation policies.

As a Postdoc in ConFooBio I have researched conservation conflicts between Scottish farmers and migratory goose conservation, for which we used innovative digital games to understand farmer decision-making regarding land management.

'No Net Loss' of biodiversity
Combining ecology and policy.
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I am interested in how development processes and policies can be improved for biodiversity and people through space and time. For example in Uzbekistan I used ecological surveys to investigate the spatial footprint of linear infrastructure on vegetation of the Ustyurt Platea, in order to generate the evidence to inform conservation policy.

I worked with Dr Joe Bull on this project in 2012. We still enjoy getting our heads together about the challenges (and how to overcome them) of achieving “No Net Loss” of biodiversity in different contexts.

Human-modified tropical landscapes
Impacts of landscape-scale habitat fragmentation and dynamics of regenerating tropical forests.
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My PhD focused on the long-term impacts of landscape-scale tropical forest loss and fragmentation in the Balbina Hydroelectric Reservoir (Brazilian Amazonia) and on how forest biomass and carbon stocks change as forests regenerate (Barro Colorado Nature Monument, Panama).

My PhD supervisors were Prof. Carlos Peres and Dr Daisy Dent and we continue to work together in tropical ecology and conservation.

Biodiversity+Sustainability in Scotland
Diverse projects from paleo-ecology to optimising local development for people and nature.
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PhD projects:

Co-supervisor for PhD project “Atlantic woodland health: long-term interactions between climate, ecology and management” (2020-2024). Project development and supervisory team: Dr Eileen Tisdall (University of Stirling) and Dr Althea Davies (University of St. Andrews)

Co-supervisor for PhD project “Does woodland use by bats depend on landscape context? Implications for woodland creation schemes” (2020-2024). Project development and supervisory team: Prof. Kirsty Park (University of Stirling), Dr Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor (University of Stirling & SRUC), Prof. Mark Whittingham (Newcastle University), Dr Chloe Bellamy (Forest Research), Dr Carol Williams (Bat Conservation Trust)

Undergraduate Dissertations:

“Investigating the biodiversity and carbon storage capacity of the University of Stirling campus: implications for biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainability” (2020)

“How are green spaces used and valued within Stirling and Clackmannanshire and how can the ‘City Region Deal’ support peoples’ use of green spaces and wider biodiversity conservation” (2020)

Biodiversity | People | Development

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