I am an applied ecologist broadly interested in understanding how humans have changed the biological world, and how we might protect and enhance the world’s remaining biodiversity. I have a particular interest in using ecological theory to make smart decisions about how to do this. I am committed to finding practical solutions to environmental problems and work closely with researchers in other disciplines and local, national and international policy-makers and practitioners to achieve this.
Having previously completed research on how oak wood influences the maturation of wines and spirits, I am currently looking at the potential implications of climate change for the Cornish wine industry. I have worked as a Statistician and Senior Policy Adviser within the Department for Transport, working on science and technology policies to improve transport security and information management. A minister in the Church of England, I am also interested in the relationship between science, culture and religion, particularly how it shapes the way we value and perceive the natural world. I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.
I am a professional ecologist working in biodiversity conservation and a long-time butterfly and moth enthusiast (on twitter as @RichardFoxBC). I have worked for the UK charity Butterfly Conservation (www.butterfly-conservation.org) since 1997, leading their work on butterfly and moth recording schemes and citizen science. I have been involved in a large number of research collaborations utilising the data gathered through these schemes and am continuing this work for my PhD by Publication at Exeter University.
I work for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environmental Records Centre and am carrying-out a Masters by Research with the University of Exeter Mapping Landcover across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
My interests lies in how to effectively conserve species under climatic change, particularly those persisting within fragmented habitats, specifically focusing on butterflies. I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Exeter researching the effects of habitat management and climatic change on the Lulworth Skipper butterfly.
During my masters studies I was able to research the invertebrate guild associated with the larval foodplant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and since my interest in has butterflies grown. From 2012 I have been fortunate to work for the charity organisation Butterfly Conservation. Alongside my PhD I continue to work for Butterfly Conservation part time as a Senior Ecologist and undertake a wide variety of work including; species monitoring, delivery of conservation projects, running training events, provision of habitat management advice, collating species-specific data and producing species status reports.