I recently completed an interdisciplinary PhD while based in the LANDteam at the University of Edinburgh, studying wildfires and woodlands in south-eastern Tanzania.  These ecosystems directly support local livelihoods as well as being globally-important carbon stores and sources of biodiversity. For my PhD, I conducted research exploring the social impacts of fire in rural farming communities, as well as trends in savanna woodland carbon storage and biodiversity.

You can read more about my project here, or see the My PhD by year section of my blog. I have also written some advice pieces for current (or possible future) PhD students, which you can find in Advice for other students. Click on tags on the right hand side of the page to see all the posts on a particular theme.

I am keenly involved in science writing, outreach and policy and enjoy learning and writing about areas of science outside of my immediate research field. I have previously worked with Tree Aid, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and Futurum Careers, and was on the committee of the British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy Group. I enjoy teaching, and worked at the University of Edinburgh preparing course materials and teaching undergrads and postgrads for more than four years.

If you have any questions or would like to connect, I’d love to hear from you!

Email me at: helena.wood@ed.ac.uk

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