Sarah Barnsley

Sarah Barnsley


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My overarching area of interest is how we can achieve a sustainable balance between agriculture, the natural environment and biodiversity, and the dependence of agriculture upon ecosystem services. I completed an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London and prior to that a BSc in Animal Science at the University of Reading. 

In addition to the theory, I have gained practical experience working on a variety of different farms. Upon leaving University, I worked as a Conservation Officer for the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. Projects included developing a Conservation Management Plan and engagement programme for the Caribbean island of Montserrat, organising various conferences and meetings of Environment Ministers and Conservation Practitioners in the Overseas Territories and submitting reponses to inquiries such as the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into the Government's 'blue-belt' policy for Marine Protected Areas. 

I am currently completing a PhD in collaboration with HL Hutchinson Ltd looking at how foraging resources can be managed for pollinators at the whole farm scale. 

Key Research Interests

Areas of research within my PhD include: 

  • Developing a means of using satellite imagery to map pollinator foraging resources. 
  • Comparing different oilseed rape and brassica varieties as to their nutritional value to pollinators. 
  • Comparing wildflower mixes as to the overall value they provide to pollinator communities as a whole. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water