Socio-ecological niche modelling
I am involved in a collaborative project with researchers from the University of Southampton, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, King’s College London and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology which aims to explore the potential for using social and ecological variables to establish whether there are distinct socio-ecological niches (SENs) which are consistently co-located with the same (set of) ecosystem service(s). Preliminary analyses are exploring the co-variance of social and ecological variables with ecosystem services in well mapped regions. I will be exploring the possibilities for mapping SENS within tropical countries.
I am keen to further my PhD research which focused on developing and testing a spatial implementation of a resource-based metric of geodiversity, exploring the links between geodiversity and biodiversity, and the potential applications of geodiversity in terms of developing a climate change robust protected area network. Future avenues would involve further development of the model to include temperate and non-mountainous regions, as well as incorporating a social component into the model. This would enable me to continue to collaborate with Mark Mulligan at King’s College, London, and will also tie in to the socio-ecological niche modelling outlined above.
Urban green space and infrastructure
I am interested in how people use and value urban green space, and in particular developing methods for mapping the quality of urban green space. A recent paper used GIS to explore the extent to which front gardens (private green space) had been converted to hard-standing for parking, and the impacts that this may have had on drainage. I am also interested in the value of public green space – both in terms of tangible services such as drainage, but also in terms of the health and wellbeing benefits offered by high quality urban green space – and barriers that may prevent different groups accessing this resource.
Centre for Environmental Sciences
Dr Kate Parks
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ
Telephone:(023) 8059 3871