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My research currently focuses on the design of a new national plant monitoring scheme that will fill the gap between professional wider countryside surveys and the ‘Atlas’-style information on plant distributions collected by volunteer recorders.
I am also interested in the use of novel analytical methods that allow disparate types of information on plant abundances and distributions at different scales to be combined into a predictive framework for predicting plant abundances across unsurveyed sites.
I am currently joint-Recording Secretary of the British Bryological Society (BBS) recording scheme. In this role I promote the use of BBS records for research and conservation. I have recently contributed a chapter on environmental constraints on bryophyte distributions to the forthcoming Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes.
I am particularly interested in urban plant communities: I am assembling a set of systematic data on urban plant frequencies in Sheffield for my own research. Additionally I collected over 6000 urban and peri-urban plant records whilst PDRA on the Urban BESS project. Publications are currently being prepared on this. I also assist with plant recording on several agri-environmental research grants held within CEH.
- 2016 - present: Associate Editor, Biological Flora of the British Isles (Journal of Ecology)
- 2013 – present: Research Associate botanist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- 2013 – present: Joint Recording Secretary, British Bryological Society
- 2013: Post-doctoral research assistant, Urban BESS, University of Sheffield
- 2011: British Ecological Society POST (Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology) Fellow
- 2010: BSBI Field Identification Skills Certificate (Level 4)
- 2009 – 2013: PhD, Ecological genetics of plant-plant parasitism, University of Sheffield
- 2002 – 2006: BSc, Biological Sciences with a year in industry (First class), University of Birmingham
- Member of the British Ecological Society
- Member of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
- Member of the British Bryological Society
- Member of the British Plant Gall Society