Zoology and Hughes Hall College
People and Nature, Conservation, Sustainable Livelihoods, Mangroves, Restoration
I am a marine conservation scientist, working at the Conservation Science Group in the Department of Zoology. I am broadly interested in biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, human-nature connections, ecosystem restoration,
and collaborative, interdisciplinary focused conservation research that has an impact on the ground. I focus on a global-to-local approach, I conduct research that has an impact beyond academia - seeking to explore best practice approaches, to meet the future needs of our planet to ensure a sustainable future for our children, and the planet as a whole.
I have worked in many locations around the world, including 10 years in marine science research and education in The Bahamas. I have worked with local fishermen in Tanzania, The Bahamas, and Labrador, Canada, seeking to understand the balance between fishing and marine conservation approaches on local communities. I have a passion for collaborative research, working inside and outside of academia and have experience in education - joining students with scientists to conduct research in the field.
My current research explores the best conservation and restoration practices for mangrove ecosystems from around the world through a synthesis approach, working alongside conservation and restoration stakeholders and linking this research focus to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Convention on Biological Diversity focus on People and Nature.
Mangroves are vitally important for sustainability: for biodiversity, coastal protection, fisheries, local livelihoods, and as carbon storage for climate change mitigation.
How can we protect and restore Mangroves? How can people and nature benefit from protecting mangroves? What do we know, what do we need to know, and how can we apply this from local, to regional and global scales?