My name is Ellie and I am an interdisciplinary researcher based 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 both social and natural science methods to study causes of degradation and their impacts on ecosystem services to inform effective and equitable conservation. I am a 2019 National Geographic Explorer currently conducting a project entitled “Degradation dynamics and impacts on large trees in the socioecological woodlands of Tanzania.”

Please feel free to read about what I’ve been up to in my PhD so far and what I’m working on now by looking through my blogs on this site. 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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