Location: Room G1, Thoday Building, School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University
Phone:+44 (0)1248 383642
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Welsh Crucible 2019: http://www.welshcrucible.org.uk/isabel-rosa/
Research Support for students and staff
Are you struggling with quantitative methods in your research project? Would you like to discuss GIS or statistical methods with someone very keen on these topics? Send me an email and let's have a chat!
2020 - ongoing: Rija Khan "Studying the impacts of increased Carbon Dioxide levels on habitat of Snow Leopards in Asia using RS/GIS techniques"
2020 - ongoing: Harry Skinner "Altered states: Will multi-use landscapes (forest-agriculture mosaics) allow the long-term survival of a forest specialist primate"
2019 - ongoing: Oboh Satur Okosun "The effect of fragmentation on ecosystem service delivery across a precipitation gradient – using geospatial technologies for sustainable development in Nigeria"
2019-2020 Robert Taylor "Trees are cool: relation tree cover to land surface index and socioeconomics in London"
2019-2020 Ashley Webb "Investigating deforestation and thresholds of biodiversity impact in Colombia"
2019-2020 Olef Koch "Using species distribution modelling to assess food security (a case study in Africa using Enset)"
2019-2020 Angela Muthama [distance learning] "Using Ecological Niche Modelling to determine the ecological requirements and geographical occurrence of Phragmanthera spp. a woody parasitic plant in Rift Valley ecoregion of Kenya"
2018-2019 Michael Thomson "Current and future roads threaten biodiversity in Colombia"
2018-2019 Gloria Triguero "Spatial relationship between intensity of armed conflict and forest cover change in Colombia"
2021: open call "Are ponds in Wales being driven to extinction by land use change?"
2020 Patrycja Lackowska "Investigating trends and patterns of sand mining expansion in Brazil" , funded via Employability Scheme at Bangor University
2019 Mollie Kirk "Investigating trends in road network expansion in a biodiversity hotspot", funded via Employability Scheme at Bangor University
DXX-3802 Land Use & Conservation [module organiser]
DXX-2000 GIS & Research Methods [contributor]
BSX-1030 Practical Skills 1 [contributor]
BSX-1031 Practical Skills 2 [contributor]
BSX-3701 - Honours project [contributor as project supervisor and marker]
SNS Academic Tutorials Module [tutor]
DXX-4257 Research Planning and Communication [contributor]
DXX-4999 MSc Dissertation [contributor as project supervisor and marker]
DDL-4999 Distance learning disseration [contributor as project supervisor and marker]
Organiser of three introductory R workshops for postgraduate students:
- BangoR1 - Introduction to R
- BangoR2 - Data visualisation in R
- BangoR3 - R as a GIS
- BangoR4 - Automation in R
Research Support for students and staff
Are you struggling with quantitative methods in your project? Would you like to discuss GIS or statistical methods with someone very keen on these topics? Send me an email and let's have a chat!
2020-2024 Work Package Leader (WP3 - Scenarios and Modeling) at the project entitled "POND Ecosystems for Resilient FUture Landscapes in a changing climate" funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-EU.3.5.1.
2019-2022: "The missing link: incorporating the role of biological diversity into projections of ecosystem services.", supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) under funding received from the National Science Foundation DBI-1639145, co-PI
2018-2020: “Global Land-use Patterns and Changes – Mapping Key System Drivers for Integrative Biodiversity Science” funded through the Flexpool scheme of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), co-I.
2016-2018: “Using Land Cover Change Models to Address Important Conservation Issues (LCCMcons)” funded through Marie Curie Individual Research Fellow at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, Germany, PI.
2010-2013: PhD Scholarship: 3-years and 3 months PhD Studentship from Microsoft Research of Cambridge and Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.
I am a landscape ecologist with an active research programme on land use and land cover change modelling at multiple temporal and spatial scales.
Land use/land cover change (LULCC) driven by rapid human population growth and increasing demand for agricultural and forest products has far-reaching implications. To assess and monitor changes in biodiversity, climate, ecosystem services and ultimately human well-being, LULCC is an essential layer of information that is used in a wide range of applications: species distribution modelling, risk assessments (e.g., floods, fire), ecosystem services change (e.g., provision, regulation and cultural), epidemiological studies (e.g., spread of infectious diseases), landscape planning (e.g., new dams or roads), agricultural and forestry productivity estimates (e.g., yields), among others. My active research programme is on developing and applying novel tools that can help policymakers know where and at what rate LULCC is occurring and is expected to occur under future scenarios, thus allowing them to anticipate its impacts, and develop preventive and/or adaptive measures. I am to use these tools to address critical conservation issues, such as understanding the impact of changing socio-economic dynamics (e.g., the peace agreement in Colombia); supporting the implementation of conservation and restoration policies (e.g., ecosystem restoration subsidies); and the planning of future infrastructure developments, with a strong emphasis on involving key stakeholders in the modelling process. Furthermore, the need for accurate LULCC projections and scenarios is validated by the focus of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), particularly the Scenarios and Models Expert Group, with whom I have been working. My research is highly interdisciplinary, and I have forged research collaborations with colleagues from across scientific disciplines (in particular: physical sciences, statistics, socio-ecology, computing, machine learning, conservation, remote sensing, and biodiversity), institutions and countries.
The main goal of my research is to inform day-to-day decisions made by landscape managers and policy makers that can impact the sustainability and dynamics of landscapes worldwide, with particular focus on sustainable management of living natural resources. This is critical to address some of the greatest challenges of our world, such as climate change and sustainable food systems, in the perspective of continued human population growth.