Location: Room G1, Thoday Building, School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University
Phone:+44 (0)1248 383642
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Michael Thomson "Current and future roads threaten biodiversity in Colombia" [main supervisor]
Gloria Triguero "Spatial relationship between intensity of armed conflict and forest cover change in Colombia " [main supervisor]
Mollie Kirk "Investigating trends in road network expansion in a biodiversity hotspot" [main supervisor]
DXX-2022 Quantitative Thinking
Introductory R workshops for postgraduate students:
BangoR1 - Introduction to R
BangoR2 - Data visualisation in R
BangoR3 - R as a GIS
Title: “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-PI, 2018-2020.
Title: “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, 2016-2018.
Title: 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.