My Details

‌‌‌Kate DavidsonKate Davidson
Postgraduate Student


Twitter: @KateD_Ecol


About Me

I studied BSc Zoology at Cardiff University, where I developed a broad interest in ecology. I also undertook a Professional Training Year at Llysdinam Field Centre where I assisted PhD students with their research into amphibian phenology, biomass crops and biodiversity in willow crops, as well as assisting with the day-to-day running of the centre.

I graduated in 2007 and, apart from a very brief foray into secondary teaching, worked in University admin for several years. However, my passion for science and nature remained strong, and I decided that I wanted to return to the world of science and research. In 2013 I was awarded the Morgan E Williams Helminthology Scholarship to study for an MRes in Biosciences at Cardiff University. For my MRes research project I investigated symbiotic organisms on invasive crayfish. I graduated with a Distinction and was awarded the prize of 'Best MRes Student' in the year.

In Autumn 2015 I joined Swansea University under the supervision of Dr John Griffin (Biosciences), Dr Mike Fowler (Biosciences) and Prof Stefan Doerr (Geography) to begin my PhD investigating ‘Trade-offs between multiple ecosystem services in UK and US saltmarshes’. The purpose of this work is to examine how grazing livestock in saltmarshes trades off against the provision of services such as carbon storage, coastal defence, recreation and biodiversity in order to make management recommendations. The project is multidisciplinary, incorporating broad-scale field studies, statistical modelling, social studies and economic valuation. To gain an insight into geographical variation I will investigate local saltmarshes in Wales and eastern US marshes in Georgia.


Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem Service evaluation
  • Saltmarsh ecology
  • Grazing management
  • Field survey techniques
  • Statistical analysis