Biography

Having completed a bachelor’s degree in Geography in June 2013 and a master’s degree in Risk and Environmental Hazards in September 2014 at Durham University, I moved to the University of East Anglia in October 2014 to start a research PhD in the School of Environmental Sciences.

Following work on modelling alterations to peak river flows with future climate changes at undergraduate level, and an assessment of the water-related risks associated with the River Gaunless, in collaboration with the Wear Rivers Trust and Environment Agency, at master’s level, I now focus on the impacts of climate change on water resources, biodiversity and agriculture in the Tana River Basin, Kenya.

I am extremely interested in interdisciplinary and holistic approaches and would like to research both the physical and social effects of environmental hazards, investigating human-environment interactions and feedbacks.

A further interest is the presentation of risks in the media and how potentially controversial scientific topics can be best communicated to policymakers and members of the public.

Conferences:

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA), June 2017 - poster presentation

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, April 2017 - poster presentation

Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance (CEEDA) Conference, April 2017 - oral presentation

British Ecological Society (BES) Annual Meeting, December 2016 - poster presentation

Academic Background

University of Durham - MSc Risk and Environmental Hazards (Distinction) [2013-2014]

University of Durham - BSc Geography (2:1 (hons)) [2010-2013]

Key Research Interests

PhD Research: Assessing and Managing Climate-Related Risks to the Tana River Basin, Kenya

This research focuses on Kenya’s Tana River Basin and aims to project the impacts of climate and land use change upon the hydrology and terrestrial biodiversity. The Wallace Initiative database (wallaceinitiative.org/) is used to identify climate refugia. The WaterWorld model (http://www.policysupport.org/waterworld) is used to determine changes in hydrology and land use. Through examining land use, species distribution and hydrological changes, it is possible to take a more holistic view and to see where potential trade-offs and synergies may arise. 

Research Group Membership

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

EnvEast DTP

Professional Activities

Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Member of the British Ecological Society

Member of the European Geosciences Union

Key Responsibilities

ENV Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) Co-Chair