Rowan Davis

Rowan Davis


Research Assistant - Whall Scholar

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Wadham College, Oxford and have a keen interest in exploring the policy basis for combatting the major environmental and ecological crises we currently face. During my degree I worked with Andrew Hector in setting up and running the first year of the long term ecology experiment, RainDrop (http://www.ecologicalcontinuitytrust.org/raindrop/ ), exploring the impact of climate change on the ecosystem service provision of UK calcareous grasslands. My other projects included looking at the relevance of the land sharing / land sparing framework for minimising the impact of oil palm plantations upon local biodiversity, and exploring the possibility of building synergies between poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation sustainable development goals under the rubric of payments for ecosystem services.
I will be taking up an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management here in Oxford in the Autumn and in the meantime am excited to be applying the knowledge I have acquired throughout my course to investigate the differential prominence of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the nationally determined contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Outside of my interest in biodiversity and climate change policy, I have worked with the National Union of Students in building LGBTQ-inclusive university policies and play roller derby for the Oxford Wheels of Gory.