Emily Warner

Emily is an ecologist, exploring the biodiversity and ecosystem function outcomes of nature-based solutions projects, with a particular focus on native woodland expansion in the UK. She is collaborating with Trees for Life, Highlands Rewilding, and The Carbon Community to explore above/below-ground biodiversity and ecosystem function responses to different woodland creation methods. Emily often explores trends in biodiversity/ecosystem function responses using data collection across natural gradients and within existing conservation projects, complemented by experimental work to investigate underlying mechanisms in more detail. She also has an interest in integrating effective ecological monitoring into conservation projects, co-developing a tool for selecting metrics to monitor biodiversity and soil health outcomes in nature-based solutions projects, as part of the Agile Initiative sprint “How do we scale up nature-based solutions in the UK?”.

Molly Tucker

I am an MBiol student working on determining the impacts of volatile organic compounds emitted by the plants in the Oxford Botanic Gardens glasshouses upon physiological markers of stress.

I am particularly interested in measuring the impacts of VOCs upon salivary amylase activity and changes in cortisol concentration.

Benjamin Martin

Multi-disciplinary researcher.  Working with the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery and the Long Term Ecology Laborotory Team, Benjamin has backgrounds in both engineering science and clinical medicine.  His clinical work complements his academic research into human wellbeing.  Benjamin also facilitates community groups to improve wellbeing and active participation in nature, and maintains an organic garden at home.

Sofia Castelló y Tickell
Thomas White
Talitha Bromwich

I work on the nature-positive tools needed to measure biodiversity footprints and plot a path towards worldwide ecological recovery. This involves collaborating with organisations to quantify their environmental and biodiversity impacts and identify how these could be mitigated through institutional change and conservation action.

John Lynch

My research involves the development and application of environmental and climate models to report the impacts (positive or negative) of different land managements and greenhouse gas emission pathways. As part of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, I am particularly interested in linking carbon removal interventions with improved indicators of biodiversity and ecological functioning.

Mathew Jordan
David Benz

My DPhil research concerns the application of artificial intelligence to forest management within England’s Public Forest Estate.

I aim to identify the configuration of management decisions that optimises the capacity of woodlands to prevent floods and improve human health and well-being.

Kathy Willis

My research is focused on the use of fossils and modern datasets, models and innovative technologies to determine the diversity, distribution and abundance of plants and animals across global landscapes in space and time. This evidence-base is then used to understand biodiversity baselines, the resilience of biological communities to external shocks, the relationship between biodiversity and human health, and the distribution of natural capital assets across global landscapes that are important for human well-being.