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Miss Victoria Bowskill

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in October 2019 as a CENTA research student, working with the Floodplain Meadows Partnership. I'm looking at the sustainable management of floodplain meadows to balance agricultural produciton with biodiversity conservation, examining the effect of management strategies such as hay cutting date on both crop quality and yield, and the implications for various stakeholders.

Prior to this, I studied part time for my BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences with the Open University between 2012 and 2018, which culminated in a study into the impact of Azospirillium brasilense on drought tolerance in Vigna radiata through influences on root system architecture. In tandem with this, I worked full time in volunteer management with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, based at their offices in Winchester.

Research interests

I'm fascinated with understanding patterns in dynamic natural systems and how humans can form a positive role in them. I'm interested in applications in regenerative agriculture and agroecology, including the role of traditional ecological knowledge, as well as understanding the ways that people past and present relate to landscape.

Impact and engagement

Alongside my part-time PhD research I'm a SciArt illustrator with passion for creative science communication, creating unique visuals to communicate and celebrate our precious natural world. I specialise in translating environmental concepts into appealing and inclusive visual summaries to engage wider audiences and increase impact.You can find out more about my work via my website and social media links.


Hay Days: management of floodplain meadows for sustainable hay production (2021)
Bowskill, Vicky
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University

Hay Days: Management of flood plain meadows for sustainable productivity (2020)
Bowskill, Vicky
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University