Josie provides technical input to a range of projects within the marine programme. In particular, she works on an International Resources Panel project looking at the impact of land based activities on marine resources. She also works on the marine programme’s outreach and citizen behaviour change work.
Josie recently completed a BA in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Zoology. She was part of a conservation science group project looking at using the land sharing/sparing framework to reconcile urban development with biodiversity conservation through habitat restoration. As an intern in the marine programme, she undertook a scoping study of the global marine habitat data landscape, identifying and cataloguing over 100 datasets. She also has six months of administrative experience at the Centre, where she developed new project management processes and tools as well as providing support and input to proposal development for the marine programme.
Josie was also a co-author on a paper (Urban development, land sharing and land sparing: the importance of considering restoration (Collas et al. 2017)) which stems from her work as an undergraduate looking at reconciling urban development with biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision.
This International Resources Panel project aims to provide a comprehensive assessment and review of the impact of land-based activities such as aquaculture and mining on marine and coastal ecosystems and resources through a new matrices-based framework.
The project combines multiple biodiversity layers and assesses their alignment with the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6 (PS6). This is the first attempt to synthesize a global spatial map of identifiable marine PS6 Critical Habitat. It will provide information to aid in minimizing potential biodiversity conflicts when siting marine industry operations.
The team are partnering with exam boards and schools to increase citizen awareness and engagement in marine conservation issues through better education and communication from practitioners.