I work across disciplines to understand the difficult trade-offs we negotiate to achieve biodiversity and environmental conservation in terrestrial land systems, with the aim of finding solutions that offer benefits for people, biodiversity and the wider environment. I have led ecological field surveys to assess evidence for trade-offs and win-wins for biodiversity, livelihoods and carbon in smallholder plantation landscapes in Southeast Asia, but also use a variety of economic and spatial modelling approaches to understand drivers of land use and land cover change, and how LULC affects biodiversity, people and climate at larger scales. Currently, I focus on using a spatial partial equilibrium model of the agriculture, forestry and bioenergy sectors, alongside other modelling approaches, to understand forest cover change in Colombia. I work closely with colleagues at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute in Colombia.
I hold BA Biological Sciences (Oxford University, UK), MSc Conservation (University College London, UK), and a PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of East Anglia, UK). I worked for two years at the University of York as a post-doctoral researcher, and am now based in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University, UK supported by a Natural Environment Research Council Fellowship.