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Dr Donna J Clarke PhD, Bsc, Bachelor of Applied Science

Research Fellow

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Donna Clarke is a Research Fellow within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Donna Clarke has a background in landscape ecology and modelling the response of animal communities to environmental change, using a wide range of statistical modelling techniques. Donna has worked with mark-recapture data, assessing the impacts of powerline corridor management on small mammal and vegetation communities. She has worked at the University of Southampton on assessing the environmental impacts of a range of bioenergy technologies, at the farm and UK scale, and assessing the effectiveness of landscape-scale conservation efforts on UK wildlife. She has also worked on a number of projects as an ecological consultant.

Donna is currently a Research Fellow in WorldPop,having just completed work on the high-resolution population mapping of Afghanistan, she is now part of GRID3. This focuses on the integration of satellite imagery and survey data to produce high resolution population estimates in low to middle income countries.

Work History

2002, Environmental Consultant, Duke Energy International, Australia

2003 - 2004, Technical Officer, Deakin University, Australia

2000 - 2004, Sessional lecturer and Tutor in Biology and Conservation Ecology, Deakin University, Australia

2007 - 2008, Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Environmental Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton

2008 - 2009, Research and Teaching Fellow (Bioenergy), Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton

2009 - 2010, Research Fellow (Ecology), Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton

2010, AECOM, Field Ecologist, UK

2010, Ecological Consultant, Hampshire Ecological Services, UK

2011 - 2013, Research Fellow (Landscape Conservation and Bioenergy), Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton

2016 - Present, Research Fellow, WorldPop, Dept. Geography and Environment, University of Southampton


PhD in Conservation Biology, Deakin University, 2007

Bsc (Honours - Conservation Biology), Deakin University, 1999

Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resource Management), Deakin University, 1998

Research interests

PhD Supervision

April 2007 – 2011. Rebecca Rowe, Thesis title: “Potential Benefits of Commercial Bioenergy Willow for Farm-Scale Plant and Invertebrate Communities in the Agri-Environment.” University of Southampton

PhD Research

PhD Research: The Effect of Powerline Corridor Management on Small Mammal Communities, Deakin University, Australia, 2007

Research projects:

WorldPop Project

The WorldPop project was initiated in October 2013 to combine the AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop population mapping projects. It aims to provide an open access archive of spatial demographic datasets for Central and South America, Africa and Asia to support development, disaster response and health applications. The methods used are designed with full open access and operational application in mind, using transparent, fully documented and peer-reviewed methods to produce easily updatable maps with accompanying metadata and measures of uncertainty

High-resolution population mapping in Afghanistan:

This project worked to produce high-resolution population estimates and age-gender breakdowns for Afghanistan in the absence of national census data.


GRID3 provides support to low- and middle-income countries to collect, analyze, integrate, disseminate and utilize high-resolution geo-referenced data on population, boundaries, settlements and infrastructure along with other key spatial datasets for evidence-based development and humanitarian decision making.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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