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). Although my background is in ecology 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 particular interest in Madagascar where I have worked, with many Malagasy colleagues, for 18 years on issues around conservation and development.
I am chair of the College of Natural Sciences Research Ethics Committee.
Contact details: Thoday Building, Deniol Road, Bangor University, LL57 2UW, 01248 382650
I am the PI of the p4ges project (can paying 4 global ecosytstem services reduce poverty?)
Our central research question is: 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 is to influence the development and implementation of international ecosystem service payment schemes such as REDD+ in the interests of poverty alleviation.
I am 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 is a three-year-long series of investigations in collaboration with local NGO partners in Bolivia and Madagascar. Our aim is 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 am course director for the degrees Environmental Conservation, and Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology.
I teach the modules DXX1002: Environmental Management and Conservation, DXX2009: Conservation Practice, DXX4016: Conservation Science, DXX3304: Tropical Conservation Management (Ghana field course)