Julia is interested in how people interact with natural resources and how incentives can be best designed to maintain ecosystem services; for example the growing field of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and how schemes such as REDD+ can effectively deliver global environmental benefits while also having a positive impact on local livlihoods. She also has a strong interest in the design of robust conservation monitoring using different types of data, and in analysing the evidence underpinning environmental policies and decisions.
Julia did a PhD with Andrew Balmford at the University of Cambridge looking at the sustainability of crayfish harvesting in Madagascar. This PhD started out with a focus on population dynamics and harvesting models but the time she spent working with crayfish harvesters got her interested in the role that traditional institutions such as taboos play in resource management. This started her into interdisciplinary research; integrating social science and ecology.
She is the lead PI on the p4ges project looking at how global ecosystem service schemes can best be designed to reduce poverty. This is a £2 million consortium project funded by Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation. She also leads the project Can payments for ecosystem services deliver environmental and wellbeing benefits? (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).
She is course director for Environmental Conservation and Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology and is currently serving as external examiner on Oxford University’s Diploma in Conservation Practice and Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology at the University of Kent’s MSc in conservation. She is a member of the NERC peer review college, the British Ecological Society Public and Policy Committee, and she is associate editor of Journal of Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology.
School of Natural Sciences
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