Becky Trippier – Ecosystems Analysis Team
When did you start at JNCC? April 2018
What is your role in JNCC? Ecosystems Analyst – I work on a variety of projects providing support with data analysis, modelling, mapping and data management. This includes developing new techniques and tools for supporting decision makers, such as assessing the impacts of land-use change on ecosystem services, and using Earth observation data to monitoring habitat condition. My role is quite technical involving problem-solving using R programming to automate processes and conducting spatial analyses. I also work on developing tools to help communicate the importance of nature-based solutions in land-management decisions, creating bespoke applications for stakeholders to interact with our models and data.
Have you had any other roles at JNCC? No. Prior to coming to JNCC I was patrolling a beach on the Nicoya coast, working as a research assistant with a turtle conservation charity in Costa Rica. My background is in freshwater ecology and data science, with experience in species distribution modelling and managing a bioinformatics database at the University of Nottingham.
What do you like the most about working at JNCC? I enjoy the variety of the work I get to explore with the role through modelling, mapping and developing applications. I love a challenge and solving problems, and this gives me a chance to use my knowledge of the natural world to help come up with solutions and communicate them to others. I’m encouraged to develop my knowledge and skills, which I really value and keeps me learning new techniques whilst applying these to real world problems. It is a friendly organisation to work in with people who share my interests in nature conservation and are wanting to make a difference to enact change in how we look after the environment.
What’s been your greatest achievement at JNCC? Since working here, I have been involved in a whole range projects – highlights have included: creating decision-making tools for assessing the use of nature-based solutions in Chilean viticulture and running workshops in Chile to get stakeholder feedback; developing models for exploring how natural capital scenarios can help mitigate the impacts of storms in the British Virgin Islands; and using machine learning techniques to develop methods for monitoring habitat condition using Earth observation data. I also run the code club within JNCC to help others develop their coding skills and am involved in JNCC’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion group.