Interests and expertise
My research focusses on understanding biodiversity outcomes of nature-based solutions. I am particularly interested in exploring the impact of nature-based solutions interventions experimentally and in developing monitoring approaches to capture biodiversity responses within nature-based solutions projects. I am developing a framework for monitoring biodiversity in nature-based solutions projects as part of an Agile Initiative sprint on scaling up nature-based solutions in the UK. I am also exploring biodiversity and ecosystem function outcomes of woodland creation using an established experiment at The Carbon Community in Wales and by co-designing woodland creation experiments with the Wychwood Forest Trust in Oxfordshire and Highlands Rewilding in Scotland. This research focuses on understanding linked above- and below-ground biodiversity responses to tree establishment, and consequences for ecosystem function, with different woodland creation methods. Please visit my Google Scholar for my publications.
I am passionate about finding synergies between conservation projects and scientific research objectives, to develop research projects that benefit practitioners while simultaneously optimising research outputs. My PhD explored the response of biodiversity and ecosystem functions to forest creation, with a focus on native forest creation in the Scottish Highlands, working in collaboration with Trees for Life. I have a background in ecology, completing a BA in Biological Sciences (University of Oxford) and MRes in Ecology & Conservation (Imperial College London). I also have experience of practical implementation of nature-based solutions in the UK, from working on a biodiversity-positive carbon credits scheme at Kent Wildlife Trust. My current research is funded by the Agile Initiative and Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery.
Biodiversity and ecosystem function responses to woodland creation
This project aims to understand biodiversity and ecosystem function responses to different woodland creation methods. We are working at The Carbon Community experiment in Wales to understand how ab[...] Read more
Scaling-up nature-based solutions in the UK
There is an urgent need to develop realistic landscape-scale assessments of the implementation potentials of NbS that maximise potential synergies between climate change and biodiversity goals, manage[...] Read more