Key Research Interests
Beckie has an interest in research pertaining to avian conservation, land use, and climate change, with a particular focus on implications for policy. Her current research is exploring how to maximise synergies between climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation in the UK, using birds as indicators. Specifically, she is analysing the evidence provided by the British Trust for Ornithology’s Breeding Bird Survey. The project relates to decisions about land use management and land use change in the UK, and seeks to explore potential alignment of conservation policies, including agricultural policies, with net zero targets. Therefore, the project has implications for addressing the climate and biodiversity crises together, as greater understanding of the two in tandem will help reduce their separation within policy frameworks.
Beckie holds a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Nottingham (2020) and an MSc in Island Biodiversity & Conservation with a Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Performance from the University of Exeter (2021). For both her undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations she undertook ornithological research with conservation implications. For her undergraduate dissertation she was awarded the Campbell Scientific Prize from the Board of the School of Biosciences for the best dissertation containing elements of environmental instrumentation, measurement, and mathematical modelling.
After completing her MSc, Beckie gained experience as a Rewilding Officer at an organic farm turned rewilding project. During this time, she researched the current changes in agricultural policy and the implications this would have for the rewilding project, both ecologically and financially. She also established communication channels with other local farmers looking to tackle the biodiversity and climate change crises on their land. This position solidified an interest in the link between biodiversity conservation research to society and broader issues around policy and people.
Beckie is currently working towards a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. Her project is titled ‘Designing a future UK landscape to assist British bird conservation’.
Master in Science, University of Exeter
2020 → 2021
Award Date: 1 Nov 2021
Bachelor of Science, University of Nottingham
2017 → 2020
Award Date: 24 Jul 2020