About

Fieldworker, wolf whisperer, conference organiser and owl perch…apparently…

I’m Vicky Bowskill, a PhD student at the Open University. On this site I post content relating to, or inspired by, my research into the sustainable management of floodplain meadows. Views are my own.

Find me at the Open University here.

Professional Biography

I joined the Open University in October 2019 as a full-time research student looking at the sustainable management of floodplain meadows. I’ll be examining the impact of management strategies, such as hay cutting date, on both crop quality and yield, and the implications for various stakeholders.

Prior to this, I studied part time for my BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences with the Open University between 2012 and 2018, which culminated in a study into the impact of Azospirillium brasilense on drought tolerance in Vigna radiata through influences on root system architecture. In tandem with this, I worked full time in volunteer management with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, based at their offices in Winchester. I also have a background in Countryside Access and learning and development.

For four years during my undergraduate studies, I had the privilege of spending many of my weekends working hands-on with socialised wolves, supporting international conservation efforts and taking part in public education about this impressive keystone species.

Research interests

I’m fascinated with understanding patterns in dynamic natural systems – especially trophic interactions and soil/plant/mycorrhizal processes. I’m interested in applications in regenerative agriculture and agroecology, as well as understanding the ways that humans (past and present) relate to landscape.

Acknowldegements

I’m based in the Open University School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, supported by the Floodplain Meadows Partnership and funded by CENTA.

Study sites owned by The Parks Trust, FAI Farms and the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

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