I’m a conservation scientist with research interests that broadly centre around monitoring methods. I am based part-time at the Open University helping to develop the citizen science platform Treezilla, and also within the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group at the University College London (UCL) where I explore the utility of citizen science for addressing environmental data gaps.
I love research that involves working within large interdisciplinary groups and particularly projects with a strong emphasis on public policy outputs. Within my career I’ve worked as a research fellow within the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; coordinated large-scale, multi-partner projects such as the European H2020-funded Doing It Together Science (DITOS) project based at UCL (a project involving 11 European partners that aimed to increase European engagement with citizen science), and the Sampled Red List Index project at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) (a project focused on broadening the taxonomic coverage of The IUCN Red List in order to better represent biodiversity); and, as a consultant for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
My PhD research was an exploration of methods for monitoring the poorly-known Ganges River dolphin in Bangladesh, with a specific focus on local informant data. I have since developed the theme of participatory monitoring method research and am now supporting the development of the citizen science platform Treezilla (the world’s largest database of tree survey data). As part of this project, I am helping to develop key learning tools for citizen scientists, as well as aiding the development of a common standard for urban tree data collection.
My UCL research post has involved a study of the environmental data gaps in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the potential for citizen science to both address some of these data gaps as well as supporting the social legacy of the park. I am also helping to develop training material for phase two of the NERC Engaging Environments programme (NERC Community for Engaging Environments). I am also the Co-Investigator on the UKRI-funded ‘Identifying synergies between citizen science and Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) in the Cairngorms National Park’ project which is a pilot study exploring the potential for citizen science to support rewilding research.