Curriculum Vitae

My CV (likely to be more up-to-date than what’s below)

….and some highlights!

UNIVERSITY
2008-2012 – University of Oxford
DPhil Student, under the supervision of Professor Kathy Willis & Dr Shonil Bhagwat, in the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab, Department of Zoology. The doctorate, entitled Disturbance, Recovery & Resilience in Tropical Forests: A Focus on the Coastal Peat Swamp Forests of Malaysian Borneo, was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

2007-2008 – The same hide-out
MSc with Distinction in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the School of Geography and the Environment.

2003-2006 – The Other Bubble
BA in Natural Sciences awarded 1st Class.

PUBLICATIONS
Cole, L.E.S., Bhagwat, S.A. & Willis, K.J. (2014) Recovery and resilience of tropical forests after disturbance. Nature Communications, 5: 3906. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4906.

Cole, L.E.S., S.A. Bhagwat. and Willis, K.J. (2014) Long-term disturbance dynamics and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests. Journal of Ecology – Special Issue on Forest Resilience. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12329.

Bhagwat, S.A., Cole, L.E.S. & Willis, K.J. (2012) Biodiversity in Oil Palm Plantations. In Simonetti, J.A., Grez, A.A., Estades, C.F. & Pérez, J. (eds) Biodiversity Conservation in Agroforestry Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities, Universidad de Chile Press, Chile.

Coomes, D.A., Jenkins, K.L. & Cole, L.E.S. (2006) Scaling of tree vascular systems along gradients of nutrient supply and altitude. Biology Letters, 3(1): 86-89.

….plus quite a few in the pipeline.

CONFERENCE PAPERS
201615th International Peat Congress, Sarawak, Malaysia – Flaming Peat: Synergistic Effects of Fire and Forest Clearance on Tropical Peat Swamp Forest, and Long-term disturbance dynamics and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests (Poster presentation)

2015 – PAGES C-PEAT Workshop, Columbia University, USA – Long-term disturbance dynamics and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests

2014 – IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference, Inverness, UK – Peat Spotter: Mapping, Measuring and Monitoring Peatland Assets (Poster presentation)

South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) Meeting, London, UK – Long-term disturbance dynamics and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests (Poster presentation)

2013 – Biodiversity Institute Symposium, University of Oxford, UK – Measuring recovery rates and resilience in tropical forests with fossil pollen

IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference, York University, UK – An investigation into the resilience of tropical peat swamp forests in the face of agricultural expansion (Poster presentation)

INTECOL 2013, London, UK – Flaming peat: synergistic effects of fire, climatic drying and forest clearance on tropical peat swamp forests, & An investigation into the resilience of tropical peat swamp forests in the face of agricultural expansion (Poster presentation)

Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution Meeting (SAGE 2013), Berlin, Germany – Muddy waters: An investigation into the resilience of tropical peat swamp forests in the face of agricultural expansion

Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford University, UK – An investigation into the resilience and sustainable management of tropical peat swamp forests

….more in attached CV.

AWARDS
Large-scale Programme on Climate Research (KLIMAFORSK) grant from the Norwegian Government, to hold a workshop entitled Exploring the dynamics of forest recovery and resilience at the University of Bergen in April 2016.

NERC Radiocarbon Facility Grant of £5220 for 14C analyses of samples from cores for DPhil
research project titled: “An investigation into the long-term ecology and resilience of tropical peat swamp forests”, categorized as Grade 8 science, in May 2011.

NERC PhD Studentship awarded for research under the supervision of Professor Kathy Willis, in the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, in April 2008.

Tropical Agriculture Award Fund travel grant, administered by the Tropical Agriculture Association, to carry out MSc. Dissertation research on human-wildlife conflict around Kaziranga National Park, in Assam, north east India, in May 2008.

Senior Scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, in June 2006.

Plant Sciences Department Award for research-related travel, Cambridge, in June 2006.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

July 2016 – Led a one-day field workshop on peatland ecology and management for undergraduate students from Stirling College, Vermont, in Corrour, Scotland;

Participated in Soapbox Science, in Reading, talking to the general public about “Peanut butter, palm oil and peat”;

June 2015 onwards – Conservation Guru/Workshop Coordinator for Action for Conservation (AFC);

2012-2015 – Conducted Admissions interviews for undergraduate applicants in Biological Sciences at St Hugh’s College;

2012-2013 – Undergraduate tutor at St Hugh’s College and Merton College, University of Oxford, for First Year Biological Sciences, teaching Organisms; Undergraduate tutor for Second and Third Year Biological Sciences students, in the Zoology Department, Oxford, teaching Ecology and Statistics;

2013 – Attended a six week Teaching and Learning course, coordinated by the Careers Service, Oxford;

2012 – Guest Lecturer for the Biodiversity Assessment and Biodiversity & Ecosystems Module, of the Masters programme in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management, in the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford;

….more academic, non-academic and work experience info in the attached CV.

FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE
2016 – Coordinated and undertook surveys of sugar beet agriculture in East Anglia;

2015 – Fieldwork coordinator for peatland surveys with Rezatec, on Bodmin Moor SSSI, Exmoor National Park and Northern Ireland;

2014 – Field work coordinator for peatland surveys with Rezatec in Scotland; Consultant investigating landscape management tools for Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve;

2008, 2009 – Doctoral research in the coastal peat swamp forests in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo;

2008 – MSc dissertation research around Kaziranga National Park, Assam, north-east India;

2006-2007 – Field assistant for a Cambridge PhD student and Landcare Research, New Zealand;

2005 – Field work on an island system in Sweden, with Professor David Wardle.