S. Williams - Staff Profile

Dr. Sophie Williams
Lecturer in Conservation Science

Thoday Building, Room F7A

Tel: +44 (0)1248 388295

Email: s.williams@bangor.ac.uk



I am recovering from Japanese Encephalitis so not currently teaching. My previous contribution is listed below.

Course director: MSc Plant Conservation.

Module coordinator: Conservation Science, Conservation Practice.

Module contributor: Environmental management and conservation, Plant Diversity.



My research interests focus on understanding the interactions between social and ecological systems. In particular, I am interested in the harvesting of natural resources and  how to influence human behavior to encourage sustainable exploitation. My research often focuses on how environmental education and training can change human behaviour to improve sustainability of extraction, particularly of wild harvested plant products. 

I established a connection between Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden in China and the University botanic garden at Treborth (Bangor) when I was a post doctoral researcher at XTBG in China. This is continuing as Two Dragon Garden project funded by the British Council.

Please see my personal website for more information.


The website of the conservation science group at Bangor (conservation@Bangor)

Read about Sophie’s recent award of the Marsh Award for education in botanic gardens here.

Read about Sophie’s recent Student Led Teaching award here.


Peer-review publications

Williams, S.J. and Gordon H.L. (2015) Paradigms and progress in conservation science. Conservation Biology.
doi is 10.1111/cobi.12424

Williams, S., Jones, J.P.G., Clubbe, C. and Gibbons, J. (2015) The impact of botanic gardens on visitors’ knowledge, attitudes and support for conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10531-015-0879-7

Rakotomamonjy, S.N., Jones, J.P.G., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Ramamonjisoa, B. and Williams, S.J. (2014). The effect of environmental education on childrens and parents knowledge and attitudes towards lemurs. Animal Conservation. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12153

Williams, S.J. , Jones, J.P.G., Annewandter, R. and Gibbons, J. (2014) Cultivation can increase harvesting pressure on over-exploited plant populations Ecological Applications. doi/10.1111/cobi.12424/abstract

Williams, S., Jones, J.P.G., Clubbe, C. and Gibbons, J. (2012) Training can change behaviour and encourage cultivation of over-harvested plant species. PLoS ONE, 7(3), p.e33012.

Williams, S., Gibbons, J., Clubbe, C., Marroquín, A., Dibble, A. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Who harvests and why? Characteristics of households illegally harvesting xaté (Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti) on the Guatemala/Belize border. Economic Botany, DOI: 10.1007/s12231-012-9214-3

Williams, S., Jones, J.P.G., Clubbe, C, Sharrock, S. and Gibbons, J.M. (2012) Why are some biodiversity policies implemented and others ignored? Lessons from the uptake of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation by botanic gardens. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21: 175-187

Hardman, C., Williams, S., Hamilton, M. and Manco, B. (2012) Predicting the potential threat of Casuarina equisetifolia L. for three endemic plants in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Oryx, 46: 204-212

Popular-science articles

Williams, S (in press) Moving forward from ash dieback. The Botanics Magazine, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Williams, S (in press) The harvesting and conservation of xaté (Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti). Treborth Botanic Garden Newsletter.

Williams, S (2013) Raising awareness about ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea). Scottish Consortium for Rural Research newsletter, 77, 7

Williams, S. and Sharrock, S. (2010) Botanic gardens and their response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. BG Journal, 7, 3-7

Williams, S (2009) The Elusive Heather. Searching for the Turks and Caicos National Flower. Times of the Islands, 88, 27-29

Brown, N. and Williams, S. (2009) Saving a University Botanic Garden. BG Journal, 6, 18-20

Williams, S. (2007) Conserving the Spiral Aloe in Lesotho. The Journal of the Institute of Horticulture 16: 10-13



I edit and contribute to the blog site ‘The Rolling Leaf’


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