I joined the Open University in October 2019 as a full-time 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. I also have a background in Countryside Access and learning and development.
For four years during my undergraduate studies, I had the privilege of spending many of my weekends working hands-on with socialised wolves, supporting international conservation efforts and taking part in public education about this impressive keystone species.
I'm fascinated with understanding patterns in dynamic natural systems - especially trophic interactions and soil/plant/mycorrhizal processes. I'm interested in applications in regenerative agriculture and agroecology, including the role of traditional ecological knowledge, as well as understanding the ways that humans (past and present) relate to landscape.
Hay Days: Management of flood plain meadows for sustainable productivity (2020)
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