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Kathy is a conservation ecologist who has worked for over 25 years in research, practical conservation, and education. She began her career in the NGO sector in the early 1990s, working with Mauritian wildlife and then returned to the UK to begin a 13 year research career with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) before moving to Bournemouth University in 2007 for a senior lectureship, was Head of Education from 2016 to 2020 and currently works as a Principal Academic.
With broad research interests, Kathy has an overall focus on links between science, policy and practice and output from her from research on topics as diverse as species translocations, ecosystem services, landscape scale conservation and rewilding have contributed to development of national guidelines. She is passionate about the effective communication of conservation science, has participated in EU funded research on environmental decision making, contributed to non-academic publications and more recently has worked with NGOs to launch an online knowledge exchange on urban pollinator conservation.
Much of her research has involved interpreting animal spatial behaviour, and placing this in a landscape context using GIS and other analytical tools. Species studied include insects, birds, small mammals and river fish. She is also highly experienced in delivering reviews and knowledge gap analysis with a particular interest in reviews that incorporate informal, non-academic elements. Published reviews have included species reintroductions and the potential for naturalist grazing in the UK. This breadth of experience enables Kathy to develop research and apply knowledge across a wide range of conservation science and practice.

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