Emma Hall is an MRes student and an experienced GIS professional with a strong interest in conservation-based GIS modelling who is currently studying in the Department of Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol.
Emma’s research focuses on how desktop-based landscape connectivity modelling can be used to assess and improve upon the impacts that anthropogenic change has had on biodiversity, ecosystem structure and wildlife abundance at landscape scale. Her current work takes Lawton’s principles of “habitats, corridors and stepping stones” and applies these to an urban setting or “urbanscape”. Emma uses a combination of geospatial and statistical modelling techniques including Circuitscape software and ArcGIS Pro. One of her research aims is to create a baseline urbanscape connectivity model to compare with mitigation scenarios aimed at reducing noise, light and air pollution. Governing bodies, and environmental organisations are looking for the most cost-effective techniques that bring the biggest positive impact for both wildlife and human access to wildlife within urban areas. This desktop approach aims to evidence and support future decision making and Emma is keen to collaborate with local council’s and community organisations to provide research with impact in this area.