Finally realising the value of natural capital?

In 2009, during the first months of my PhD, Mark Reed and myself managed to secure a commercialisation award from the University of Aberdeen to develop a corporate social responsibility scheme for a biodiversity and carbon offset programme based on the ecological restoration of degraded upland habitats (peatlands), in Scotland. We tried to convey the concept…

The importance of high school Science

I was recently asked to speak at the opening of the new science block at my old high school- The International School of Uganda. I thought it was a great opportunity to encourage and excite others about science. Here is my speech: Hello everyone, my name is Dr. Jenny Farmer and I am a post-doctoral research…

Wildlife and people living in harmony

Mihingo Community and Conservation Development Fund was set up by Mihingo Lodge owner Ralph Schenk in 2008, in response to the human wildlife conflict issues in the area around the lodge and adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. As the park is unfenced, wildlife and livestock roam freely through its permeable borders. Hyenas and leopards…

Living in months rather than years

My beloved Grandpa passed away last weekend. Earlier this year my Uncle was emailing all of us granddaughters about his deteriorating health, reminding us that we was 92 and a half so had had a long and lovely life. It made me think about how at both the beginning and the end of our lives time…

Kidepo and the Ik

Below is an article I wrote for The Eye Magazine about a recent trip to Kidepo Valley National Park and our attempt on Mt Morongole. We will definitely be going back to try to reach the peak, and enjoy the wild spaces of the National Park. “Kidepo Valley National Park. It’s one of the hardest…

Peat and people: a Ugandan perspective

Here is a extract from a blog post I had up on Bogology more recently- an introduction to our research  in SW Uganda where we are studying the effects of land use change on organic soils and livelihoods. “My research is in Kabale, South Western Uganda, where a lot of the valley bottom papyrus swamps…

An introduction to Indonesian peats

Here is a blog piece I wrote for http://www.bogology.org- giving an introduction to my PhD research in Indonesia. I spent 16 months living in Jambi in Eastern Sumatra in 2010 and 2011 undertaking my research- a challenging but incredible experience! “When people talk about carbon and forests most people think of the trees. Usually, most…

Living the Best Day Ever

Hendri Coetzee was a friend of mine. I got news of his death when I was in Indonesia doing my PhD fieldwork. It took me over 6 months to put into words what I wanted to tell his mother about my friendship with him, and that was part of dealing with the loss I guess. Since…

My first blog post ever!

So, here it is, my first blog. Not sure really what I’m supposed to say- something incredibly profound, inspiring and insatiably delicious? Eek- think I need to lower expectations here, because I’m never going to come up with stuff like that! And what to talk about, what topic to chose? How I spent my weekend?…