Oscar has lived and worked in Sheffield for 10 years as both a science teacher and now a conservation researcher at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses predominantly on the global biodiversity crisis, specifically on land-use change and the unsustainable use of species. As part of this, Oscar led the first global assessments of how the wildlife trade affects populations and where the effects of this are likely to disrupt ecosystem functioning.
Skills and experience Oscar brings to the trust include strong analytical and spatial data skills, and considerable experience applying GIS and satellite data to conservation questions. He also has experience integrating research into national policy having led analyses with the Colombian Infrastructure and Energy Planning Unit to assess the economic feasibility of forest restoration along highways threatened by landslides to achieve both biodiversity goals and reduce landslide risk.
However, Oscar says he really wants to apply his knowledge and engage with wildlife conservation much closer to home. He wants to enthuse people and protect our local greenspaces. As a keen amateur birder and (an incredibly amateur) wildlife photographer, access to these spaces and sharing them with others is one of Oscar’s favourite things about Sheffield.