Laura J. Graham

Geography and Environment

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus, Southampton,

SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

email laurajaneegraham@gmail.com

phone +44 741 041 1583

skype laurajegraham

dob 4th April 1982


RESEARCH INTERESTS

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.


EDUCATION

2011–2015

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

2010–2011

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.

2002–2005

BSc, Mathematics, First; University of Southampton

Modules taken focussed on pure mathematics and statistics.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016–Present

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

2015–2016

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

2014

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.

2007–2010

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.


PUBLICATIONS

2017

Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. (in press) Metapopulation modelling of urban habitat loss scenarios. Landscape Ecology.

2016

Graham LJ, Haines-Young RH, Field R. Strengthening urban landscape planning: a metapopulation modelling framework. In Urban Landscape Ecology: Science, Policy and Practice. Routledge.

2015

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.

2014

Graham LJ, Bailey JJ, Algar AC, Field R. Where next for macroecology: citizen macroecology?. Frontiers of Biogeography. 6(1).

Submitted

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.


TEACHING

2015–Present

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.

2015–2016

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

2015

Co-supervisor Gillian Benson, MSc Environmental Management, University of Nottingham

Thesis title: Testing downscaling methods for woodland bird species

2011–2014

Teaching Assistant. University of Nottingham

I have provided teaching support for the following modules:

  • Interpreting Geographical Data First year undergraduate statistics
  • Digital Explorers Second year undergraduate GIS
  • Geographical Research Methods Masters level statistics
  • Professional GIS Masters level GIS
  • Lake District Field Trip First year undergraduate field course. I developed and delivered a one day activity for this module
  • Tutorial Groups First year undergraduate tutorial groups on biodiversity and ecosystem services

I also provided informal support for undergraduate and masters dissertation projects.

2013–2014

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.


COMPUTER SKILLS

Statistics

R, SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, JAGS/BUGS

GIS

QGIS, ArcGIS, R, GRASS, ERDAS

Ecology

MaxEnt, Marxan, SAM

Databases

SQL Server, OLAP Multidimensional Databases, PostgreSQL, Access

Languages

R, Python, VisualBasic, HTML, Unix shell, Markdown, C++ (novice)

OS

Linux, Microsoft Windows


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2016

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’.

2015

EU Macro, Copenhagen. Presentation of 'Quantitative landscape-scale ecological impact assessment: a method using the incidence function model'.

2014

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'

2013

INTECOL 2013, London. Presentation of 'Hanski's incidence function model for urban biodiversity planning'.

2012

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'.


ACADEMIC SERVICE

Peer review

Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, PeerJ, Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

Committee

Blogmaster and Co-Deputy Secretary for British Ecological Society Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Group.


REFERENCES

Dr. Felix Eigenbrod

Geography and Environment

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus

Southampton

SO17 1BJ

f.eigenbrod@soton.ac.uk

Prof. Catherine Graham

Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

catherine.graham@wsl.ch

Dr. Richard Field

School of Geography

University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham

NG7 2RD

richard.field@nottingham.ac.uk