I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, currently in my third year. My research broadly looks at geospatial analyses of agroforestry landscapes, monitoring their biodiversity and exploring the socioeconomic links to trees on farms in the tropics. I am a part of the LANDteam and Geospatial Livelihoods research groups.

I am developing methods for mapping biodiversity in mosaic agroforestry landscapes, working with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), contributing to a Trees on Farms’ Biodiversity Assessment Tool as part of a bigger project to improve the ability of countries to meet biodiversity targets by harnessing the potential of trees in agricultural land. I am also exploring the links between agroforestry adoption and community socioeconomic characteristics at a national scale. For this I am developing some small area-level models of these socioeconomic characteristics using small area estimation methods.

More information on my PhD project.

Information on my work developing a global indicator for monitoring the biodiversity of trees on farms can be found here

Contact

Sam.Harrison@ed.ac.uk

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Other recent work and education

  • As part of an internship with IIED, I contributed to the preparation of a new environment and climate change strategy for IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • I conducted a baseline ecosystem service assessment for the Bubugo conservation trust in Uganda by carrying out mapping focus group discussions
  • I carried out a degradation and deforestation assessment of forests along the Tana River, Kenya as part of an internship with the Northern Rangelands Trust
  • MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management at King’s College London
  • BSc (Hons) Geography at the University of Edinburgh