I am an interdisciplinary PhD student based in the LANDteam at the University of Edinburgh, studying wildfires and woodlands in south-eastern Tanzania.  The ecosystems I work in directly support local livelihoods as well as being globally-important carbon stores and sources of biodiversity. I research the social impacts of fire in rural farming communities, as well as trends in savanna woodland carbon storage and biodiversity.

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 more about my project, 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.

Outside of my research 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 and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre. I currently write articles and activity sheets for Futurum Careers and I am on the committee of the British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy Group.

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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