Samantha Suter

School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Maxwell House, Crichton University Campus, Dumfries, DG1 4ZH

Email: s.suter.1@research.gla.ac.uk

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Research title: Open Science in Conservation: Combining Citizen Science and Remote Sensing Approaches for Habitat Monitoring

Research Summary

Background

My research so far has mainly focused on species' behavioural responses to both natural and human-induced stressors. This has led to an increased interest in human-wildlife conflict, especially concerning habitat loss driven by intensive agriculture and other anthropogenic activities. As a result, I would like my research to focus on ecosystem-based conservation approaches, whilst incorporating public engagement and science communication. This is with the hope of exciting the public about biodiversity yet educating them about the biodiversity crisis we are currently experiencing.

Thesis Title

Open Science in Conservation: Combining Citizen Science and Remote Sensing Approaches for Habitat Monitoring. 

Description

My Ph.D. research aims to develop a citizen science project using remote sensing data to monitor priority habitats and at-risk species within the UK. I will work closely with UK NGOs, such as Butterfly Conservation, to involve the public in identifying key habitats for at-risk species and assess habitat management techniques in their conservation success. Volunteer training events and curriculum-based activities will be developed in order to engage participants in biodiversity conservation. 

Grants

I am very grateful to have received a University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences Ph.D. scholarship.

Additional Information

I currently hold a B.Sc. in Zoology from The University of Manchester (2017) and an M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds (2019).