BA (Oxon) in Biological Sciences; MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
As the coordinator for CABI’s Digital Advisory Tools, I am responsible for ensuring CABI provides farmers, practitioners and policymakers with the digital tools to support evidence-based choices in response to farming challenges. My interest and expertise lie in working with end users to identify, design and deliver tools that turn high-quality scientific information into accessible and practical advice specific to their situation.
Since joining CABI in 2005, I have worked in a variety of roles managing knowledge and data and delivering actionable information to those who need it. I started in primary journals publishing, then joined the environmental sciences team producing CAB Abstracts. I coordinated the production of the Distribution Maps of Plant Pests and Diseases, working closely with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO), Natural History Museum London, US Department of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Biosecurity Australia. I then joined CABI’s global Plantwise programme on its launch in 2011, developing the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, compiling and editing the most relevant evidence-based diagnostic, management, and distribution information on crop pests and diseases. During this time, I worked in a number of different countries, including providing support for the implementation of knowledge and data tools in Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka, and carrying out a secondment at the International Plant Protection Convention secretariat at the FAO in Rome. Following this, I managed the knowledge and data component of CABI’s flagship invasive species programme, Action on Invasives, during which we developed tools to support diagnosis, management, risk analysis and regulation of invasive species.
Before I joined CABI, I studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University and spent a month volunteering on a microfinance development project in Tanzania. Whilst working for CABI I completed a part-time MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation at Imperial College, studying the effects of heathland management on carabid beetle communities.
The global cost of invasive species is estimated at US$1.4 trillion per year – close to 5% of global gross domestic product. Invasives disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in poor rural areas, especially in developing countries which depend on natural resources, healthy ecosystems, trade and tourism for their livelihoods.