Department of Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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Miles has joined the PLANFORBIO team as a PhD student to carry out research into appropriate management regimes for large herbivores in Irish semi-natural woodlands. The focus of the research will be on the carrying capacity of large herbivores in woodlands to allow natural regeneration of trees and optimum ground-flora diversity. More information on Miles' PhD can be found here.
He completed a B.Sc (Hons) in Environmental Management at DIT in 2008 where his dissertation assessed the effects of wave exposure and aspect on lichen community zonation within the supralittoral zone and littoral fringe on Clare Island, Co. Mayo. He then completed an M.Sc in Biodiversity and Conservation at TCD in Autumn 2009 with a thesis focused on vegetation community mapping and potential peat accumulation at Lodge Bog, Co. Kildare.
As an undergrad, he carried out a summer bursary with the Marine Institute in Newport, Co. Mayo, working with the wild salmon research unit. He gained professional experience in environmental consultancy through a contract with RPS group in Dun Laoghaire. The main focus of this job was Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for such projects as the ‘Water Supply Project-Dublin Region’ and also scoping reports for the River Basin Management Plans.