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Ms Jennifer Ball MSc, BA (Hons), ACA

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Jennifer has long been interested in ecology and finding solutions to environmental problems. Before returning to academia, she worked for a large professional services firm, initially as a Chartered Accountant and then as part of the Corporate Sustainability team, managing programmes to reduce environmental impacts.

Jen’s previous academic projects have included surveying species in tidal pools, and working with Marks and Spencer to create scenario plans for future crop production. She has also volunteered for the RSPB and Trees for Life, gaining experience in practical conservation and rewilding projects.

Academic Qualifications

2016-present: PhD in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.
2009-2010: MSc Environmental Technology (specialism environmental economics and policy). Imperial College, London, UK.
2002-2005: BA (Hons) Natural Sciences. University of Cambridge, UK.

Research interests

I am interested in environmental sustainability, in particular the link between biodiversity and human welfare.

Chalk rivers in the UK are unique ecosystems, containing a diverse range of habitats and species. My PhD project aims to map patterns of biodiversity across the chalk rivers in Hampshire, to measure the ecosystem services they provide, and to investigate the trade-offs and links between the two.

PhD Supervisor: Kelvin Peh, Rob Holland & Gail Taylor
Phd Research: Balancing society and nature: measuring and optimising ecosystem services provided by chalk rivers.
Funding provider: Biological Sciences, University of Southampton & Vitacress Conservation Trust.

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Research project(s)

Measuring and optimising multiple ecosystem services provided by chalk streams

Ms Jennifer Ball
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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