Dr Heather Rumble

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Dr Heather Rumble is a Senior Lecturer in Healthy Urban Environments, with a background in urban ecology and green infrastructure. Her research is cross-cutting, spanning the physical and social sciences. Her main interests focus on how we can make cities more biodiverse places, how we can maximise the benefits of this for human wellbeing and how we can engage and empower communities as part of that process.

Heather studied Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), before going on to complete a PhD in Green Roof Ecology, also at RHUL. Since then she has worked at Forest Research, developing methods to value the ecosystem services provided by trees and has spent almost a decade teaching Environmental Geography at the University of Portsmouth. During this time she had the privilege of working with both physical and social researchers to understand a range of issues, from the soil ecology of Arctic ecosystems, to the barriers local authorities face when trying to green their cities. She is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

Heather is currently working in the British Virgin Islands (Darwin Award) to empower local actors to use basic soil ecology to assess soil health and aiding artists in Bristol to make sculptures that provide habitat for wildlife. She is also part of a NERC-funded team working to understand how to make environmental science more inclusive.

Heather welcomes enquiries about PhD supervision in the areas of urban ecology and green infrastructure.


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