Committee role: Ordinary Member
Before starting my role at Forest Research, I carried out a PhD on modelling bat habitat suitability at the University of Leeds and worked at Durham Wildlife Trust to co-develop an ecosystem services mapping toolkit (EcoServ-GIS, now EcoServR). I now work with FR’s Land Use and Ecosystem Services research group to develop spatial models, methods and tools that inform decisions about how to manage and monitor woodlands to ensure they provide a range of benefits – from carbon storage and timber productions to opportunities for recreation and habitats for wildlife.
I have a particular interest in developing approaches that better account for the spatial scale at which drivers exert effects, and translating these findings into policy and practice relevant tools and indicators for evidence-informed landscape decision making. I joined the SPG committee after shadowing Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, in 2017 (see our webpages for more information on parliamentary shadowing opportunities). I am also a committee member for ialeUK and ESCom Scotland and enjoy organising opportunities to bring together policy makers, practitioners and scientists – especially the more informal ones such as our ‘Pie and a Pint’ nights!