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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Nathan Fox MEnviSci

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Mr Nathan Fox is a postgraduate research student based in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

2017 – Present: PhD student at the University of Southampton.

2013 – 2017: MEnviSci Environemental Science (Biodiversity and Conservation): Dissertation title: “Champagne is dead, long live sparkling wine! The viability of champagne production under a changing climate”. (First class with honours).

2014 – 2017:  Lead bat surveyor and field ecologist at Ecosupport Ltd.

Research interests

My main research focus is on the (a) the role of geodiversity in the delivery and maintenance of ecosystem services (b) utilising big data from social media sites to understand cultural ecosystem services.

Geodiversity, the diversity of Earth systems and features, is a relatively new concept with a rapidly growing field. Here, my research interest looks at the role of geodiversity in the delivery and maintenance of ecosystem services. Through my work I aim to promote the concept of geodiversity to ecosystem services scientist as well as those who create policy and management decision.

Social media datasets offer a vast opportunity for understanding how people interact with nature. My work focuses on data from the website Flickr to assess how nature provides recreational cultural ecosystem services. As part of my research I have developed photosearcher a R package available through R Open Sci. This work provides users with an accessible and reproducible method of obtaining social media data.

Research group

Centre for Environmental Sciences

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Demonstrator on:

ENVS2008 GIS for Environmental Scientists

ENVS3015 Environmental functions and applications

ENVS6032 Geographical information systems

Mr Nathan Fox
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Twitter: @n_fox
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