Laura J. Graham
Geography and Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus, Southampton,
SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
phone +44 741 041 1583
dob 4th April 1982
I am an ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic changes such as climate change and habitat loss affect global ecosystems, and how this in turn affects human well-being. I am particularly interested in using novel statistical methods and heterogeneous sources of data to answer applied and theoretical questions. In my current position, I am interested in understanding the effect of scale and spatial structure on ecosystem service provision and as such am developing spatially-explicit social-ecological systems models.
PhD, Geography; University of Nottingham
Thesis title: Strengthening urban landscape planning: a metapopulation modelling framework
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The central argument of my PhD research is that ecological impact assessment needs to be done at a landscape scale. To this end, I have examined how metapopulation modelling can be used to perform such an assessment and be used to compare urban planning scenarios. This research has required me to work at the science--policy interface.
Supervisors: Prof. Roy Haines-Young & Dr. Richard Field
Examiners: Prof. Jon Sadler, Dr. Adam Algar
MSc, Environmental Management: Distinction. University of Nottingham
Thesis title: An Assessment of the suitability of the Incidence Function Model for use in planning and assessing Environmental Stewardship Schemes
Modules included Ecosystem Services & Human Well-being, Foundations in Environmental Management, Frameworks for Environmental Management, Research Methods, Fundamentals of GIS, Geocomputation.
BSc, Mathematics, First; University of Southampton
Modules taken focussed on pure mathematics and statistics.
Research Fellow in Spatial Modelling. University of Southampton, UK
Working on the ERC funded project ‘SCALEFORES: Developing a science of scale for ecosystem services’
PI: Felix Eigenbrod
Postdoctoral Research Associate. Stony Brook University, NY, USA
Working on the NASA funded project 'Combining time-series data, ecology and physiology to predict the consequences of climate change on hummingbird diversity'.
PI: Catherine Graham
Research Assistant. EU OpenNESS Project
Literature reviews of the connections between natural capital/ecosystem services and macroeconomic competitiveness, and of the state of the field of adaptive management.
Data Analyst. Experian Ltd. Nottingham
Data analysis, data processing and statistical analysis for development and maintenance of core Business Strategies relational databases and data products. I combined socio-demographic and locational data with retail data into reports and statistical analyses to enable clients to make business decisions.
Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. (in press) Metapopulation modelling of urban habitat loss scenarios. Landscape Ecology.
Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. Strengthening urban landscape planning: a metapopulation modelling framework. In Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice. Routledge.
Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. Using citizen science data for conservation planning: methods for quality control and downscaling for use in stochastic patch occupancy modelling. Biological Conservation, 192, 65--73.
Graham LJ, Bailey JJ, Algar AC, Field R. Where next for macroecology: citizen macroecology?. Frontiers of Biogeography. 6(1).
Graham LJ, Weinstein B, Supp SR, Graham CH. (in revision) Future geographic patterns of novel and disappearing assemblages across three dimensions of diversity: A case study with Ecuadorian hummingbirds. Diversity and Distributions.
Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. (in revision) The incidence function model as a tool for landscape-scale ecological impact assessment. Landscape and Urban Planning.
Software Carpentry Workshop Instructor
Teaching coding skills to scientists. I have run workshops at the New York Academy of Sciences and assisted a workshop at Stony Brook University.
Co-supervisor Laura Gambino, MA Ecology, Stony Brook University
Thesis title: North American hummingbird species distribution and richness in relation to the phenology of plant resources
Co-supervisor Gillian Benson, MSc Environmental Management, University of Nottingham
Thesis title: Testing downscaling methods for woodland bird species
Teaching Assistant. University of Nottingham
I have provided teaching support for the following modules:
I also provided informal support for undergraduate and masters dissertation projects.
Online Facilitator. FutureLearn
I provided facilitation support for the massive online open courses Sustainability, Society and You and Shale Gas and Fracking: the politics and science.
R, SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, JAGS/BUGS
QGIS, ArcGIS, R, GRASS, ERDAS
MaxEnt, Marxan, SAM
SQL Server, OLAP Multidimensional Databases, PostgreSQL, Access
R, Python, VisualBasic, HTML, Unix shell, Markdown, C++ (novice)
Linux, Microsoft Windows
British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Liverpool. Presentation of ‘Taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional dimensions of no-analog assemblages’.
European Ecosystem Services Conference, Antwerp. Presentation of ‘Metapopulation modelling of long-term urban habitat-loss scenarios’.
British Ecological Society Macroecology SIG Meeting, Oxford. Presentation of ‘How to do reproducible research in R’ (invited) and poster presentation of ‘Taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional dimensions of no-analog assemblages’.
EU Macro, Copenhagen. Presentation of 'Quantitative landscape-scale ecological impact assessment: a method using the incidence function model'.
Joint Annual Meeting BES and SFE, Lille. Presentation of 'Metapopulation modelling of urban habitat loss scenarios'.
IALE UK Annual Conference, London. Presentation of 'A metapopulation approach to urban biodiversity conservation'
INTECOL 2013, London. Presentation of 'Hanski's incidence function model for urban biodiversity planning'.
British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Birmingham. Poster of 'Adapting Hanski's incidence function model for urban conservation'.
RGS-IBG Postgraduate Mid-term Conference, Nottingham. Presentation of 'Modelling urban ecology: connecting ecological policy and theory'.
Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, PeerJ, Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Blogmaster and Co-Deputy Secretary for British Ecological Society Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Group.
Dr. Felix Eigenbrod
Geography and Environment
University of Southampton
Prof. Catherine Graham
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Dr. Richard Field
School of Geography
University of Nottingham