I am a conservation scientist interested in conservation impact evaluation (using quasi-experimental approaches, experimental approaches and participatory impact evaluation) and the impacts of conservation interventions (including agri-environment schemes, Payments for Ecosystem Services, community forest management, protected areas and biodiversity offsets). I have a particular focus on the social dimensions of conservation and I greatly enjoy working with people, methods and approaches from across disciplinary divides.
I have a strong interest in Madagascar where I have worked, with many Malagasy colleagues, for 18 years on issues around conservation and development. I've recently have a rekindling interest in my 1st research-focus, crayfish in Madagascar (due to the rapid spread of a parthenogentic invasive crayfish with potentially huge social and ecological implications).
I am chair of the College Research Ethics Committee.
Contact details: Thoday Building, Deniol Road, Bangor University, LL57 2UW, 01248 382650
I am co-I of the Nature4SDGs project which is funded by NERC and research councils in Sweden and India. We will use multiple existing datasets on the relationship between nature and wellbeing, and how this varies for different types of people in varied parts of the Global South. We aim to support the delivery of Agenda 2030 by understanding trade-offs and synergies between SDGs, and the challenge of sustainable development that leaves no-one behind.
I was the PI of the p4ges project (can paying 4 global ecosytstem services reduce poverty?)
Our central research question was: Can capturing global benefits from ecosystems (specifically carbon sequestration/storage and biodiversity) reduce poverty in low income countries, given bio-physical, economic and political realities?
Our aim was to influence the development and implementation of international ecosystem service payment schemes such as REDD+ in the interests of poverty alleviation.
I was PI of The Leverhulme Trust and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded research project: "Can payment for ecosystem services deliver environmental and livelihood benefits?"
The project was a three-year-long series of investigations in collaboration with local NGO partners in Bolivia and Madagascar. Our aim was to provide research to inform the development and implementation of ecosystem service payment schemes as well as other incentive-based approaches so as to maximise their potential in contributing to environmental conservation and improving the welfare of local people.
I teach the modules DXX1002: Environmental Management and Conservation, Conservation Science, DXX3304: Tropical Conservation Management (Uganda field course); DXX3510/11 Advances in Conservation