I am an environmental geographer with an international reputation and expertise in coastal sand dunes. I established the Sand Dune and Shingle Network in 2006, and direct this initiative with a team based in the Geography Department. The aim of the Network is to conserve sand dunes and shingle as dynamic landscapes. In an extension to the UK focus of Sand Dune and Shingle Network, I am now driving the development of the European Dune Network in association with the EUCC-Coastal and Marine Union.
I am the Award Director of our MSc in Environmental Management. This is a long established programme and is one of the best recruiting and most successful postgraduate programmes at Liverpool Hope. My teaching is mostly at postgraduate level and includes courses in:
In addition, I supervise research projects and work based learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These usually have a focus on environmental management and / or coastal dunes.
In 2010 I was awarded the title 'Enterprise Fellow' by the University in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution to enterprise activities undertaken in the field of environmental management. Between 2004 – 2006 I was a Learning and Teaching Fellow with special responsibility for Supporting Student Success. This Fellowship included the roles of Award Director for Personal Development Planning (PDP) and coordinator for Personal Tutoring across the University.
I am a Chartered Environmentalist, a full member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, a Chartered Geographer through the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I hold conservation licences for protected species such as the Sand Lizard, Natterjack Toad, Bats and Great Crested Newt.
Before joining Liverpool Hope I was the Project Officer for the Sefton Coast LIFE Project (a conservation strategy for the sand dunes of the Sefton Coast, north west England). This was an EU co-financed nature conservation project, with the partners English Nature, the National Trust and Sefton Council. The project was operational between1995 - 1999. Previous to this I managed a series of coastal dune nature reserves with the award winning Sefton Coast Management Scheme.