||Lecturer in Plant and Environmental Science, Programme Leader Wildlife Conservation
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|Email Address @ljmu.ac.uk
||350b James Parsons Building
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
Natural capital, Ecosystem services, Valuing externalities, Plant Genetic Resources, Underutilized Crops, Species Distribution Modelling.
Recent research has focused on biophysical quantification and economic valuation of business externalities from agricultural supply chains (production). Ongoing work also includes valuing visual amenity of green space. I have written a number or articles on the promotion of underutilised crops and earlier research focused on modelling the distribution of underutilised species under current and future climates. I am also interested in use of information dissemination and technology transfer for international development. I have produced a number of training manuals, factsheets and newsletter aimed a wide range of stakeholders from farmers to scientists.
Valuing Natural Capital: Some of my recent research has focused on quantifying impacts on natural capital in business supply chains, the agricultural/energy sector and the built environment.
- I have recently been working on the VNN Valuing Externalities in a Business Context projects, run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and supported by the Valuing Nature Network. My work in this project has informed and was the worked example in the CPSL E.VALU.ATE Manual (see news story on VNN website http://www.valuing-nature.net/news/2013/sabmiller-reveals-environmental-externality-benefits). This involved working with businesses to value externalities with their supply chains (agricultural production) and the impacts of management decisions this work has lead to a number of publications (Bowe et al 2013) including a Nature Climate Change article by Andy Wales VP Sustainability SABMiller (Wales 2014) which discuss valuing externalities within the context of the water-food-energy nexus.
- Other ongoing work on valuing ecosystem services and natural capital include:
valuing the visual amenity of green infrastructure in built environments
Agriculture, underutilised crops and biofuels: I have also been working on underutilised crops. I have developed an understanding of the promotion, production, domestication and market development for crops which can meet our food, medicinal, material and energy need. This includes work on fruit tree species (Tamarindus indica) and biofuel species such as Jatropha curcas. I have used models to identify the suitable locations for production of such species under future and current climates for both. I am also involved in assessing the genetic diversity of wild lettuce populations in the UK
Other work includes paleo-distribution modelling of lizards in North Africa.