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A self-motivated and earnest individual, I have spent the last few years exploring my interest in ecology and the utilisation of using a spatially explicit approach to understand the distribution and complexities of Ecosystem Services. I have been fortunate to have my PhD focusing on Cultural Ecosystem Services supplemented with part-time work on assessing Natural Capital in the county of Dorset. I am a keen supporter of using an ecosystem services approach, and have worked to understand and explore the difficulties of valuing ecosystem services and Natural Capital. Recently I have become interested in incorporating Ecosystem Service approaches within industry and businesses, having been chosen to attend a NERC Valuing Nature Network Business School in early 2016.

I have recently submitted my PhD thesis, and completed my role at Bournemouth University as a research assistant and am looking for a role that will utilise my experience and provide a new challenge moving forwards. I am currently preparing several manuscripts for publication, and understand the importance of publishing, having worked at large academic publishers in the past and conducted analyses on REF2014 submissions.


As part of my PhD, I have analysed supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services, including crop, livestock and timber production, carbon and flood risk mitigation using the New Forest National Park as a case study. A focus on cultural services examined the differences in online and face-to-face surveying, participatory GIS and GPS tracking in eliciting values. Later chapters went on to look at ecosystem service provision within protected areas and the impact of climate change on these services.

As a Research Assistant, I was accountable for modelling and mapping a range of ecosystem services for the county of Dorset in England under a project titled 'Development of a toolkit for modelling natural capital', utilising ESRI ArcGIS (with python coding), and specialised software including North 52 Ilwis and Natural Capital Project InVEST whilst using datasets from a wide range of stakeholders including the Environment Agency, DEFRA and the Land Registry.


Internet Publications


  • Gosal, A., 2016. A multifaceted approach to spatial analysis of ecosystem services: a case study in the New Forest National Park. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology.


Profile of Teaching UG

  • Topics in Contemporary Science (Teaching Assistant) 2012-2015
  • Reporting, Investigative & Practical Skills (Teaching Assistant) 2012-2015
  • Ecology and Ecosystem Management (Teaching Assistant) 2013-2015
  • Field Research Environment (Teaching Assistant)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Workshop leader on Beetle Taxonomy for the 'Festival of Learning' event at Bournemouth Unviersity (2013)
  • Workshop leader on 'Swarm Science' series for Bournemouth University Summer Schools (2013)
  • Workshop leader for 'The Big Bang' scientific student engagement event at The STEM Centre, Bournemouth & Poole College (2013)


  • BSc (Hons) in Biology (University of Southampton, 2008)
  • MSc in Biodiversity & Conservation (University of Leeds, 2010)


  • Most Interesting Presentation at BU's Research Reflections Event (Bournemouth University, 2015)


External Media and Press

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