- 2022–Present: CDT SuMMeR PhD student, University of Exeter and Institute of Zoology
- 2020–2022: Local government and NGO positions
- 2017–2018: MSc, Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter
- 2014–2017: BA (Hons), Marine and Natural History Photography, Falmouth University
My interests are predominantly centred around historical marine ecology, social-ecological systems, past ecosystem dynamics and ecological baselines. As an interdisciplinary researcher, I am interested in using mixed-method approaches to generate a deeper understanding of change within, impact on and use of marine ecosystems, for application in contemporary restoration and management goals.
Throughout my PhD, I will use a variety of approaches from historical marine ecology to investigate the long-term dynamics and decline of Sussex kelp forests. My project provides an important historical dimension to, and partnership with, the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project to understand the historical extent of kelp, and the subsequent timings and drivers of its decline along this section of coastline. Furthermore, the impact of this decline and its influence on local communities remains unknown.
My project seeks to understand the social-ecological significance of this habitat over time, by piecing together historical evidence from archival sources (e.g., fisheries data, government records, ecological data, newspapers and popular media articles) and undertaking semi-structured interviews with local community members to understand past values and perceptions of this habitat prior to its loss. Additionally, I will use remote sensing techniques to understand the spatial dynamics of this habitat across the past four decades to understand kelp extent, and changes throughout the 20th and 21st century. This mixed-method approach will provide a holistic view of the dynamics of an important marine habitat over time and provide valuable evidence and insights to inform future restoration and management goals as part of the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project.
CASE Partner: Blue Marine Foundation
Associate Partner: Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA)
Other Partner: Marine Conservation Society
Bowden-Parry, M., Postma, E., & Boogert, N. J. (2020). Effects of food type and abundance on begging and sharing in Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus). PeerJ 8: e10369.
Saliveros, A. M., Bowden-Parry, M., McAusland, F., & Boogert, N. J. (2022). Captive Asian short-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus) learn to exploit unfamiliar natural prey. Royal Society Open Science 9(6), 211819.