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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

I am interested in interdisciplinary research topics that may help us reconcile biodiversity conservation and human needs; specifically, in identifying (and consequently optimising) trade-offs between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service provisioning, food security, and livelihoods in tropical agricultural landscapes.

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Ecology) from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc from the University of Oxford in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. I am a National Geographic Explorer and I have led and participated in a considerable number of research expeditions, ranging from assessing chimpanzee habitat quality in Uganda to identifying wildlife corridors in Brazil. Furthermore, I have experience working in policy and advocacy.

Research

My PhD research involves investigating which agricultural strategies (farming practices and natural habitat patch-configurations) provide the optimal balance of ecosystem service provisioning, yield (food energy and profit), and biodiversity protection in India, through detailed fieldwork. I will compare sites in conventional, organic, and zero-budget natural farms, at different distances from natural habitats. In each site, I will assess yields, animal-mediated pollination rates, socio-economic factors, and biodiversity (density of pollinators, and bird communities, compared to natural habitats). I will combine these data sets to develop a range of land-use scenarios to estimate the impacts of different management strategies on regional biodiversity and pollination service provisioning.