Katherine Yates

Dr Katherine Yates

Lecturer in Global Ecology & Conservation

Office Times

Wednesday 10.00am - 12.00pm

Biography

My academic career started at the University of East Anglia, where I studied Environmental Science and where I first began to really grasp the interdisciplinarity of environmental management problems. I then spent several years working for conservation NGOs, including Coral Cay Conservation and ARCAS. I returned to University to undertake my MSc at the University of York with Callum Roberts and got interested in marine protected areas and fisheries management. As part of my MSc I won a grant to work in Bermuda and develop spatial conservation plans for their nearshore reefs. I then worked as a Field Instructor for Ecology Project International, where I had the opportunity to take groups of students to remote field stations for up to two weeks. I delivered a range of classes in tropical ecology and conservation, ran team building exercises and supported the students in conducting independent research projects. Having found my ideal PhD, I returned to the UK to study at Ulster University with David Schoeman and undertake a project looking at Northern Ireland’s network of marine protected areas. From my PhD I published five papers and provided data that feed directly into the local marine spatial planning process. Whilst at Ulster University I also worked as a tutor on an MSc Coastal Management course and I have published with a number of my students. During my PhD I won a scholarship to spend six months at the University of Queensland in Australia, in the prestigious Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions (CEED) with Hugh Possingham. I stayed in Australia after that and worked as a Postdoctoral Research for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). There I was developing distribution models for various aspects of fish biodiversity and testing the transferability of those models in space. Now at Salford I plan to continue with research on spatial conservation planning and the research on biodiversity modelling and fisheries management that feeds into it.

Research Interests

Marine conservation, spatial planning, protected area design, participatory mapping, fisheries management, biodiversity distribution modelling

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Spatial conservation planning and fisheries management, Ulster University

PGcertPD for Researchers, Ulster University

MSc Marine Environmental Management, University of York

BSc Environmental Science, University of East Anglia

CAPM, Project Management Institute

Publications