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Emma Garnett

Emma Garnett

Research Assistant

Room 3.21 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (3)36617


I read Zoology at the University of Cambridge for my Bachelor’s degree; I then spent two years studying in five different countries for an Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ecology.  For my thesis I spent four months on the Galápagos assessing the importance of mangrove habitats for juvenile fish communities. I gained an international perspective on conservation from these experiences, as well as a love of travelling.

I have worked for a number of different academic institutions, NGOs and businesses. After my Masters I worked at the University of Kiel in Germany carrying out research and drafting chapters for a book on conservation auctions and agri-environmental schemes. I have worked with the IUCN on the climate change vulnerability of lemurs; the Shark Trust on trends in capture and trade of Elasmobranchii; the Institute of Zoology London (ZSL) on the National Red List project; and with Microsoft Research to model infrastructure failures for a British utility company. I enjoy teaching and was delighted to receive the Janet Moore prize for supervising in Zoology. 

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Research Assistant

Research Interests

I am a research assistant for The Nature Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth project, collecting data and developing a spatially explicit model on the value that mangrove habitats bring to fisheries. More generally, I am interested in understanding how to overcome economic, social and psychological barriers to sustainable resource use.


I will be starting a PhD on interventions to reduce the environmental impact of diet. This project will span the natural and social sciences as well as public health and behavioural psychology.