Alex is now a senior associate, having moved to WWF UK in November 2022, but will continue to collaborate with the NbSI.
Interests and expertise
I managed and collaborated on the delivery of research and knowledge-exchange outputs. This included conducting applied research for policy on Nature-based Solutions, with a focus on climate change adaptation, development, and Nature-based Solutions for economic recoveries. I also provided guidance on the design of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative platforms. I oversaw our partnership with ICCCAD (Bangladesh) and the Instituto de Montaña (Peru), a collaboration to analyze case studies on the economic recovery potential of Nature-based Solutions. I am currently finalizing a manuscript synthesizing the academic evidence on the economic impact of nature-based solutions. Previously, I led capacity strengthening for a multi-stakeholder research partnership led by IIED exploring socio-environmental trade-offs in sub-Saharan agricultural development (involving partners across the UK, Zambia, Ghana, and Ethiopia). This work focused on understanding and embedding capacities in the research team to promote inter and trans-disciplinary working. I am now working on synthesizing learning to produce guidance for research partnerships with IIED.
I have a background in biology (BA Rutgers U., 2009) and ecology (MSc U. Lausanne, 2012), and an interdisciplinary MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College (2016). I have worked in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa conducting both social and ecological research, including research on the demand side drivers of the bushmeat supply chain in Congo-Brazzaville, human-wildlife conflict mitigation in Kenya, and the impacts of climate and food availability on barn owl reproduction in Switzerland. I also hold three years of management and editorial experience in science publishing as a journal manager for Frontiers publishing in Switzerland.
Addressing climate vulnerability with nature-based solutions in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, like many lower income countries, is exceptionally vulnerable to increased climate risks, exacerbated by environmental degradation and socio-economic challenges including the COVID-19 pand[...] Read more
Nature-based solutions to address climate risks in the UK
We are investigating the potential of NbS to support climate change adaptation in the UK. In particular, we recently synthesized evidence on how NbS can address climate impacts, as identified by the t[...] Read more
Interactive global map of good practice nature-based solutions
To enhance awareness and understanding of NbS, and showcase good practice, we are developing an interactive online global map. The first version, which was launched at COP26, includes 110 cases from o[...] Read more
Can nature-based solutions deliver a win-win for biodiversity and climate change adaptation?
The potential of NbS to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises depends on whether they enhance the health of an ecosystem, including its biodiversity, the condition of its soil and water, and[...] Read more
Role of nature-based solutions for development
This project collated and synthesized evidence on the development outcomes of investments in nature (protection, restoration, management, creation of ecosystem, and nature-based food production). This[...] Read more
Reducing people’s vulnerability to climate change in the rural Global South using Nature-based Solutions
Although evidence for the effectiveness of NbS for adaptation is growing, there is scant information on whether and how NbS reduce vulnerability to climate change in the Global South, despite this reg[...] Read more
Nature-based solutions for economic recovery in the global south
The aim of this project is to unpack the contribution of NbS to short term economic recovery potential (ERP), and how this relates to long term development gain, while framing these in a policy settin[...] Read more
Mapping the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
This systematic evidence mapping exercise consolidated the large dispersed evidence-base on the effectiveness of NbS for addressing climatic impacts. The collated evidence-base underpins the NbS evide[...] Read more