MSc Environmental Management 2006
Environment Advisor, Forestry and Land Scotland
I completed a BA in Environmental Science, at Bucknell University in the US. To better understand how people lived, I spent five years travelling around other countries, including Europe, Asia, and Australia, culminating with training in the Conservation Corps programme in New Zealand. I then decided to return to Scotland and undertake a Masters in Environmental Management at Stirling; I needed to take the theory and observations of the previous few years and start to focus on a career of action.
I’ve worked for an engineering firm, Scottish Natural Heritage, various ecological consultancies, and now Forestry and Land Scotland, on projects ranging from private dwellings, up to the largest infrastructure project in Europe, and now rewilding.
The COP26 issue that concerns me most is sustainable nature-based solutions. We need to act now on climate change and biodiversity crises (as two related but different emergencies). However, there needs to be actions that are socially just, outcome based, and truly ambitious and creative. My current job allows me to learn more about the complex interactions between woodlands, peatlands and waterbodies as carbon sinks, but crucially, I also make direct decisions and see them through on the ground. Policies without follow through are just words.