I’ve worked for the National Trust for 36 years on coastal and marine issues. As Coast and Marine Adviser I support colleagues dealing with coastal change issues and work with external partners to promote sustainable approaches to coastal and marine management. Under the banner of ‘Shifting Shores’ I lead for the Trust on coastal change management, creating and drawing upon sound evidence based science in an applied practical context. I maintain my academic interests through teaching coastal and marine management at a number of universities and by collaborating on research projects to further the understanding of climate change driven coastal change.
- University of London, 2005: MSc – Environmental Management (Protected Areas) specialist modules; Marine and Coastal Planning and Processes, European Environmental Policy and Law, Philosophy/Ethics and Values of Conservation and sustainable tourism.
- University of London, 1992: University Diploma in Countryside Management (Distinction).
I have contributed to a number of publications:
- Curated Decay - Heritage Beyond Saving, DeSilvey C, University of Minnesota Press 2017
- Saltmarsh – British Wildlife Collection, Chatters C, Bloomsbury 2017
- Shifting Shores – playing our part at the coast, NT 2015
- Coastlines - a Story of Our Shore, Barkham P, Granta 2015
- The National Trust Book of The Coast, Cogerty C, NT 2015
- Shifting Shores – adapting to change, NT 2014
- Conservation Land Management - Guest Editorial, British Wildlife Publishing 2014.
- Managed Realignment - A Viable Long-Term Coastal Management Strategy - Esteves L S, Springer 2014.
- Anticipatory History, Editors - DeSilvey C, Naylor S and Sackett C, Uniform Books 2011
- Looking to the Future – marine conservation in the UK, NT Members Magazine 2011
- Shifting Shores+10: Public Policy and Adaptive Approaches to coastal change management. A review of public policy on this topic across E, W and NI. CH2M Consultants were the contractor. Report published October 2015.
- Shifting Shores+10: The National Trust – how are we doing. Parallel with the above but looking at our own approach to adapting to change at the coast. CH2M Consultants were the contractor. Report published October 2015.
- National Trust Future Coast – Research to identify opportunities for habitat creation around the coasts of E, W and NI. CH2M Consultants were the contractor. Report published October 2015. Spin-off is a GIS Browser tool for coastal data.
- Managing Change at the Coast – a training programme to enhance NT colleagues confidence and competence to deliver our work on adapting to change at the coast. Work in progress.
- NERC Innovation Partnership Research Fellow joined us for six months in Nov 2017.
Topic - Quantifying coastal change and mapping coastal processes in and adjacent to National Trust properties: A systems view. Researcher Dr Sally Brown, Southampton University.
Sand dunes of the Atlantic coast of Europe – the prospect of future increased mobility and impacts on cultural heritage.
I lecture at a number of UK Universities including York, Exeter, Plymouth and Birkbeck (UoL) and have sat or sit on a number of External and Industry Advisory Boards as a critical friend in the development of new Masters programmes (Plymouth, Bath Spa and Exeter).