To spread the word about conservation, environmental stewardship, ecology and my beloved peat, I’m involved in various educational initiatives:
Action for Conservation – A charity set up to educate secondary school children about what conservation is, what career options in conservation might be and how everyone can get involved now, whatever job they end up in. We run an interactive WildED programme of workshops in schools, culminating in a regional Dragon’s Den-type event. And for competition winners, there is the opportunity to join a residential camp in Pembrokeshire and several other beautiful locations, where 11 to 18 year olds are sent out-doors and immersed in a range of environmental topics, first-hand. This is where the real magic happens!
Soapbox Science – Gets female scientists atop soapboxes on the busy streets of major UK cities talking about their science to as many passers by as they can catch in an hour. I joined the Reading city centre crew in 2016 and Sheffield in 2018, talking on the topics of Peanut Butter, Palm Oil and Peat. Here’s my Q&A intro from those bygone days.
Informal presentations and other events:
- Co-led a workshop on Tools of the Interdisciplinary Trade: How to make your interdisciplinary project a success at the British Ecological Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting
- A rapid-fire talk at Ignite Liverpool on The 3 P’s – Palm Oil, Peanut Butter and Peat
- Snappy Chats at the Minstead Study Centre Open/Apple Day (a leading education centre in the New Forest that teaches primary school children about the environment and their role in maintaining it) talking about Orangutans and Palm Oil
- Undergraduate tutoring for Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford
- Guest lectures for the University of Oxford Masters course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and various British Ecological Society symposia
I welcome opportunities to talk and run workshops on the topics above, and other conservation tales, so please get in touch if I can help at an event. Key words include, in no particular order: peat, palm oil, tropical forests, tropical agriculture, “sustainable” ecosystem management, conservation, protected areas, mapping for natural resource management.