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Department of Zoology



I graduated with a BA in Zoology from the University of Cambridge in 2016. During my final year I completed a research project that quantitatively compared land-use strategies for maximising carbon storage and biodiversity in tropical agricultural landscapes. This piqued my interest in sustainable agriculture and the reconciliation of food production with conservation. I spent ~7 months in 2017 as a research assistant in the Conservation Science Group, working on ‘The environmental costs and benefits of high yield farming’ project, where I was collecting and analysing yield and externality data across a wide range of agricultural sectors.

I have just finished an MPhil in the Insect Ecology Group, where I was working within the framework of the RERTA and BEFTA projects, looking at pest control service spill-over into oil palm plantations and the effect of crop age.

Now I'm working as a research assistant in the Insect Ecology Group, helping with data analysis across multiple projects.


I am interested in management strategies that can balance agricultural production and growth with sustainability and ecosystem health.

My MPhil research focused on ecosystem service spill-over from riparian buffer habitats into oil palm plantations. I am particularly interested in assessing how the ecosystem dynamics change throughout the lifespan of oil palm, and how this knowledge can be applied to crop management in the context of the mass replanting event that is due to happen across Indonesia.


Key publications: 

Balmford, A., Amano, T., Bartlett, H., Chadwick, D., Collins, A., Edwards, D., Field, R., Garnsworthy, P., Green, R., Smith, P., Waters, H., Whitmore, A., Broom, D., Chara, J., Finch, T., Garnett, E., Gathorne-Hardy, A., Hernandez-Medrano, J., Herrero, M., Hua, F., Latawiec, A., Misselbrook, T., Phalan, B., Simmons, B., Takahashi, T., Vause, J., zu Ermgassen, E. & Eisner, R. 2018. The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming. Nature Sustainability, 1(9), p.477.

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