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Emma Garnett

Emma Garnett

PhD student, supervised by Professor Andrew Balmford, Dr Chris Sandbrook and Professor Theresa Marteau,

Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge


Biography:

Emma Garnett is a PhD student in the Department of Zoology and she is researching which interventions work to reduce the environmental impact of diet. This project spans the natural and social sciences as well as public health and behavioural psychology. More generally, She is interested in understanding how to overcome economic, social and psychological barriers to sustainable resource use.

She read Zoology at the University of Cambridge for my Bachelor’s degree; she then spent two years studying in five different countries for an Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ecology.  For her thesis she spent four months on the Galápagos assessing the importance of mangrove habitats for juvenile fish communities.

She has worked for a number of different academic institutions, NGOs and businesses. After her Masters, she worked at the University of Kiel in Germany carrying out research and drafting chapters for a book on conservation auctions and agri-environmental schemes. She has worked with the IUCN on the climate change vulnerability of lemurs; the Shark Trust on trends in capture and trade of Elasmobranchii; the Institute of Zoology London (ZSL) on the National Red List project; with Microsoft Research to model infrastructure failures for a British utility company; and for The Nature Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth project, collecting data and developing a spatially explicit global model on fish densities within mangrove habitats.

She enjoys teaching and was delighted to receive the Janet Moore prize for supervising in Zoology. 

Keywords

  • understanding how to overcome economic, social and psychological barriers to sustainable resource use
  • food security
  • the environmental impact of diet
  • biodiversity conservation