Predicting the ecological and societal impacts of species on the move with climate change in the UK.
Climate change is driving a global redistribution of the earth’s biodiversity that has been reported across the globe, including in the UK. Such changes are testing our understanding of ecological systems and are illuminating knowledge gaps in our ability to predict these changing species distributions and anticipate the stark ecological and societal impacts of these shifting species. This project aims to fill this gap by providing a comprehensive and spatially-explicit picture of how climate change may impact UK society. By identifying key species that are likely to be problematic and highlighting key locations where impacts could be most significant, future challenges of biodiversity redistribution in the UK can be mitigated against. This will be accomplished by combining datasets on UK climatic conditions, species ecology and distribution as well as landcover attributes. This project is funded by the SCENARIO NERC DTP.
Prior to commencing my PhD, I achieved a 1st class BSc in Geography from Swansea University where for my dissertation I employed a remote sensing approach to mapping and quantifying mangroves in Mexico. I also hold an MSc with Distinction in Environmental Bioscience from Swansea University with my project investigating whether littoral vegetation habitat had any impact on sea turtle nesting in the Chagos Archipelago. My research interests include biodiversity conservation, habitat mapping, remote sensing and environmental modelling.
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Climate Change
- Environmental Modelling
- Remote Sensing