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Brittany Trew

PhD Student

 Environment and Sustainability Institute ESI 01.03


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I am conducting research into the potential for microrefugia to mitigate the projected anthropogenic climate change impacts on hotspots. In particular, I am focusing on the Cape Floristic Region plant hotspot on South Africa's southwest coastline. I am using fine-scale data with modelling packages from my research group (Microclim) to identify common parameters of microrefugia in mountainous hotspots, and I hope to demonstrate that these microrefugia change the species distribution projections under climate change. Thus, we can identify critical areas for the conservation or restoration of hotspot habitat. I am supervised by Dr. Ilya Maclean and Dr. Regan Early 


2012 - 2016 University of Bath: Architecture (BSc Hons)

2017 - 2018 University of Exeter: Conservation & Biodiversity (MSc)


Research interests

My broad research interests involve the application of conservation management and planning strategies in biodiversity hotspots for current and future anthropogenic stresses like human-induced climate breakdown and land-use change. I previously completed a Masters degree in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus, and conducted research investigating cumulative anthropogenic threats to marine megafauna in Equatorial Guinea; with focus on Marine Protected Area planning for the region.



Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

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