Michaela Roberts

Michaela Roberts
James Hutton Institute · SEGS

Geography PhD

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Urban greenspaces are multifunctional spaces, providing services to people and biodiversity. With space in urban areas being limited creation and maintenance of urban greenspaces relies on understanding the preferences of urban residents for their characteristics. Such preferences are expected to vary with current availability, and the availability...
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This report presents and overview and analysis of data on peatland restoration costs based on projects funded through the Petaland Action programme in Scotland.
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Mountain areas provide essential ecosystem services for communities living nearby. However, increasing demands for resources have led to the gradual clearing of biodiverse mountain areas worldwide. Providing an alternative and sustainable livelihood source, such as forestry, could support natural regeneration and counter this process. In order to b...
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The project sought to examine where and how the environmental sciences might contribute to the mental health domain, and to identify exemplar case studies, highlight gaps, and outline areas for potential future investment. This report summaries the findings from the project.
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The aim of this study is to provide an in-depth investigation of the choice experiment results to facilitate appraisals of changes to the stock of urban greenspaces across Scotland. Specifically, we will (i) provide a simple look-up tool for urban greenspace values based on the choice experiment results; (ii) relate valuation data to information on...
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Urban greenspace is often associated with improved mental health, particularly in urban areas, with studies typically carried out at town or city scales. Population level models enable us to extend the understanding of the relationship between mental health and urban greenspace to the national level, with relevance to national level policy and fund...
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Agriculture provides many public goods; however the costs and benefits of these are rarely well distributed. Maintaining public good provision often relies on external governance mechanisms, in turn reliant on the existing socio-ecological system. With two groups of stakeholders (practitioners and academics) we created cognitive maps of socio-ecolo...
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This report summarises first results from an analysis of a database on peatland restoration with a focus on restoration costs. We have compiled a database that includes information from 90 unique peatland restoration projects covering 194 restoration sites in Scotland, of which data from 166 sites was suitable for an analysis of restoration costs....
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Invasive pathogens threaten the ability of forests globally to produce a range of valuable ecosystem services over time. However, the ability to detect such pathogen invasions—and thus to produce appropriate and timely management responses—is relatively low. We argue that a promising approach is to plan and manage forests in a way that increases th...
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The aim of this report is to explore the biophysical data sources available to produce spatially disaggregated natural capital accounts for the agriculture sector in Scotland. The motivation is the interest in natural capital accounting across a range of end users and scales, from highly aggregate national level accounts to the small scale such as...
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Invasive species are known to cause significant negative impacts to ecosystems and to people. In this paper, we outline the nature of these economic impacts, and then present a range of approaches for estimating the economic costs of invasive species (including impacts on biodiversity), and thus the benefits of management programmes. The importance...
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Island ecosystems are recognised as high priority for biodiversity conservation, with invasive species a significant threat. To investigate prioritisation invasive species control, we conducted cost-effectiveness analysis of donkey control on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands. Successful prioritisation must take account of ecological, economic and soc...
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Table S1. Background information on the spatial scale, principal stakeholders, and primary drivers of eight case studies of conservation conflict Table S2. Description of the characteristics of wicked problems, adapted from Rittel and Webber (1973)
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Conservation conflict is widespread, damaging and has proved difficult to manage using conventional conservation approaches. Conflicts are often ‘wicked problems’, lacking clear solutions due to divergent values of stakeholders, and being embedded within wickedly complex environments. Drawing on the concept of wicked environmental problems could le...
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Coral reefs are in decline worldwide. While coral reef managers are limited in their ability to tackle global challenges, such as ocean warming, managing local threats can increase the resilience of coral reefs to these global threats. One such local threat is high sediment inputs to coastal waters due to terrestrial over-grazing. Increases in terr...
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The breeding success of obligate secondary cavity nesting birds, including most parrots, can be limited by the availability and quality of nest cavities. Habitat degradation can reduce the number of large cavity-containing trees. This reduction in available cavities can be exacerbated by destructive nest poaching practices, which leave cavities dam...

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