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Department of Zoology



I read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Zoology. My Part II Project applied the land sharing/sparing framework to an urban context, investigating the effects of different modes of development on the native tree population in Cambridge. After graduating in 2016, I moved to Brock University, Canada, where I completed a Master's degree in Sustainability. My Master's thesis examined why farmers choose to use different practices for maintaining soil health. I have now returned to Cambridge for my PhD which is jointly funded by the Cambridge Trust & Hughes Hall. 


My research investigates the implementation of different strategies for reconciling agricultural production and biodiversity conservation. Through choice experiments and other stated preference methods, I will examine farmers' willingness to participate in different hypothetical agri-environment schemes. My research will specifically compare farmers' attitudes towards farming in a land-sparing vs land-sharing manner, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.


Key publications: 

Collas, L., Green, R. E., Ross, A., Wastell, J. H., & Balmford, A. (2017). Urban development, land sharing and land sparing: the importance of considering restoration. Journal of applied ecology54(6), 1865-1873.

PhD Student

Contact Details

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building