I am a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds, UK, graduating September 2021.
My main research interests are both applied and theoretical aspects of Restoration Ecology and sustainable land management (particularly in dryland social-ecosystems). My PhD project is on rangeland social-ecosystems in a semi-arid region of Kenya, focusing on three main areas:
1) Investigating the impacts of livestock grazing pressure on savanna vegetation and the interacting effects of the presence of different wildlife guilds.
2) Evaluating the influence of livestock corral ('boma') occupancy duration on the persistence of the effects of resulting hot-spots (or glades) on plants and herbivores, to optimise the use of bomas as a management tool for restoring degraded areas and increasing heterogeneity.
3) Exploring the use of knowledge co-production as an approach for determining land health trend and status in a communally managed area.
I am also interested in what role GIS and remote sensing can play in monitoring restoration efforts.