I’m Vicky Bowskill, a scientist, writer, artist, poet and maker, inspired by my PhD research into floodplain meadows at the Open University.
My mission is to inspire evidence-based action on environmental issues through creative interpretation of the science.
- Find me at the Open University.
- Read my Student Story on the CENTA website.
- Read my bio on 1 Million Women in STEM.
I joined the Open University in October 2019 as a full-time research student looking at the sustainable management of floodplain meadows. I’m examining the influence of management strategies, such as hay cutting date, on both crop quality and yield, and the implications for nature-friendly farming and biodiversity conservation.
Prior to this, I studied part time for my BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences with the Open University between 2012 and 2018, whilst working full time in volunteer management and volunteering at the weekend with socialised wolves.
When not sciencing, I’m a writer, illustrator, poet and maker, with most of my work currently being inspired by my meadow research. You can find some of it on this site and more over on my Instagram feed.
Awards and recognition
Open University poster competition 2021
Hay Days project poster
People’s Choice Prize and Judge’s Choice: Best use of imigary
Floodplain Meadows Partnership Art & Craft Competition 2021
Forever Meadow: a poem