Ruth is an inter-disciplinary scientist with expertise in ecology, economics, and social aspects of marine biodiversity issues. Combining this expertise with her excellent science and policy communication skills, Ruth is developing a theory of change for the marine programme that will enable better project monitoring and identify new opportunities to maximise the impact of our work. Ruth has a background in business engagement, particularly with the extractive sector and has previously worked on developing tools and supporting informed decision-making for understanding potential risks and impacts of industry activity in relation to biodiversity. She also has experience in the assessment of social and cultural values in the marine environment including the identification of community-held values towards ecosystem services.
Ruth has previously worked in the Centre’s Business & Biodiversity team, supporting our engagement with the extractive sector by communicating key science and policy work to a business audience and creating the resources to facilitate this. Her work particularly focused around the potential for integrating biodiversity data and information into company processes to help support informed risk management decision-making. Prior to joining the Centre, Ruth worked at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) as a technical researcher in marine ecosystem services following an MSc in Ecological Economics at Edinburgh University. Before this Ruth was a Principal Ecologist at a consultancy assessing ecological risk for construction and infrastructure projects. In this role, her work included: species surveys; Environmental Impact Assessment; biodiversity in the built environment including green roof design; and species translocation work. In addition to her qualification from Edinburgh, Ruth has an MSc in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment, and a BSc in Biological Sciences from Bristol University.
Ruth was one of the authors on this comprehensive manual which highlights over seventy data sets available for the marine realm. It includes sections explaining underlying reasons for gaps in certain types of marine data and also provides factsheets focusing on biology and threat for different habitat features.
Ruth led the design and development of UNEP-WCMC’s A-Z of Biodiversity, an online suite of resources communicating biodiversity concepts. The Biodiversity A-Z provides an authoritative source of information checked by technical experts. In 2014, she led the addition of new Marine and Acronyms modules expanding this resource and building on previous work to improve the structure and expand content.
Ruth has worked on developing information resources on a range of subjects including Natural Capital and the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6 (IFC PS6) on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources. This work was part of the information delivery to Proteus companies and linked to the Business and Biodiversity Programme’s work on biodiversity safeguards in industry and financial standards.