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I am a Project Coordinator for the UKEOF (Environmental Observation Framework), and I am also involved in a variety of projects aiming to: i.) identify the drivers of biodiversity declines in grassland and agri-environment systems and, ii.) deliver knowledge-based solutions to halt or reverse these declines.
At present, I am mainly involved with the ASSIST Project (Achieving Sustainable Agricultuiral Systems). Prior to this, I mainly worked on the Wessex-BESS (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability) project, (2011-2017), investigating the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes.
My role requires expertise in plant and invertebrate identification, taking green-house gas measurements, performing statistical analysis, and report writing. In addition to this, I have a good grounding in a range of molecular techniques, including PCR, DNA plasmid preparation, and protein purification. Within the UKEOF, I assist with the setting up and running of meetings, and coordinate numerous activities across a protfolio of projects. I am also experienced in researching and reviewing ecological literature and legislation for both academic and public audiences.
2009 – Present: Research Associate and Field Ecologist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford.
2009 (January-April): Policy Intern, The British Ecological Society, London.
2007-2008: MSc Biosciences, University of Leeds.
2007 (June-August): Habitat Surveyor, Operation Wallacea, Honduras.
2007 (March-June): Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Isle of Rum and St Kilda.
2006 - 2007 (September-March): Assistant Warden, National Trust, Strangford Lough.
2006 (July-August): Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea, Honduras.
2002-2006: BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Zoology), University of Edinburgh.