I am based in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University.
See here for details of a 2 year post teaching conservation science (covering my teaching while I am committed to externally funded research). Closing date 21 June 2013.
P4GES : Can Paying for Global Ecosystem Services reduce poverty ?. I am PI of this £2 million project funded by ESPA. This is a three year project involving a consortium of ten institutions in the UK, Madagascar, the USA and the Netherlands. Our aim is to influence the development and implementation of international ecosystem service payment schemes in the interests of poverty alleviation. Please see our website for more details.
Optimising monitoring in conservation. In collaboration with E. J. Milner-Gulland and Emily Nicholson at Imperial College London I had a Leverhulm Trust funded project called "optimising monitoring as a conservation tool". We looked at monitoring and enforcement of conservation rules (with Aidan Keane and Ramarolahy Andriamparany), efficient ways of monitoring land use change in a threatened wetland (with Herizo Andrianandrasana) and how participatory monitoring can create novel incentives for conservation through payments for environmental services (with Matthew Sommerville ). The work in Madagascar is carried out in partnership with Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Département des Eaux et Forêts, École Supérieure Des Sciences Agronomiques, Université de Antananarivo.
Exploitation of wildlife resources. I am interested in the dynamics of harvested species and institutions which govern harvests; especially incorporating social and biological data to inform management decisions. With the Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy I have a 3 year Darwin Initiative-funded project called "Bushmeat hunting in Madagascar: linking science, policy and local livelihoods".
Markets for Ecosystem Services I am interested in the potential of payments for avoided deforestation to help protect tropical forests. In collaboration with Tim Baker (University of Leeds), Dennis Del- Castillo ( Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon ), Cesar Moran-Cahusac ( Amazon Conservation Association ) and Rosa María Romãn-Cuesta (Environmental Change Institute Oxford and Technical University of Munich) we had a project looking at capacity building for carbon- and biodiversity-based payments for ecosystem services in the Peruvian Amazon funded by the NERC, ESRC and DFID Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme.
Invasive crayfish in Madagascar. In 2005, biologists working in Madagascar were shocked to discover that Procambarus 'Marmorkrebs', the world's only known parthenogenetic decapod, had become established in the country. Procambarus poses a serious threat to native freshwater biodiversity and also, potentially, to human livelihoods. With colleagues at the University of Antananarivo (Jeanne Rasamy and Olga Ravoahangimalala) I am carrying out preliminary research on the rate of spread, the level of risk to biodiversity and agriculture and investigating possible ways of controlling the invasion.I supervise 3 PhD students working on a variety of interdisciplinary topics linking natural and social sciences.
In SENRGY I am responsible for two modules: Conservation Practice (DXX2009) and Conservation Biology (DXX4016), and I contribute to Environmental management and conservation (DXX1002). I am also a visiting lecturer on the Masters in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.
I am an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology. I am the 'scientific expert' for a number of environmental titles by Usborne, a children's publisher. As a naturalist working in some amazing parts of the world I been lucky enough to discover two new species of reptiles. With Mijasoa Andriamarovololona I have produced a Malagasy language field guide to species in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. A brief CV is available here.
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