I am an interdisciplinary researcher based in the LANDteam at the University of Edinburgh, studying woodland degradation and fire socioecology in rural Tanzania. The ecosystems I work in directly support local livelihoods as well as being globally-important carbon stores and sources of biodiversity. I use social and natural science methods to study causes of degradation and their impacts on ecosystem services to inform effective and equitable conservation. As a National Geographic Explorer, I am currently working on my project “Degradation dynamics and impacts on large trees in the socioecological woodlands of Tanzania.”

Please feel free to browse this site, and if you want a bit more detail about what I’ve been up to in my PhD so far and what I’m working on now you can read the posts in the My Project section. I also write some advice pieces for current (or possible future) PhD students, which you can find in PhD Advice, and in this post I wrote for the wonderful Thesis Whisperer.

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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