Dr Sarah Watson-Jones


Dr Sarah Watson-Jones


Lifelong Learning Teacher - Sciences

Lifelong Learning

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After working for several years in agriculture I returned to education to study Field Biology and Habitat Management before doing a PhD in population/ecological genetics at the University of Birmingham. This research explored the relationship between the genetic diversity and ecogeography of wild Brassicas in the UK and was part of a larger DEFRA-funded project aimed at developing a seed collection model for the ex situ conservation of plant genetic resources. I then worked as Biodiversity Information Officer for Powys and Brecon Beacons National Park prior to establishing a commercial ecological consultancy specialising in habitat survey, management and mitigation advice. Other roles have included coordinator of a Transition Town project 'Transition Llambed', aimed at raising awareness of the issues of climate change and promoting community resilience and I teach a Plant Diversity module for AU's School of Education and Lifelong Learning and a Grass Identification module for the Field Studies Council. I started working at IBERS in 2013 as a research scientist for LCEE Innovation (Low Carbon Energy and Environment network) and took up the post of ATP teaching fellow in January 2015.

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I am a teaching fellow for the Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, based at Aberystwyth University. ATP is a flexible postgraduate programme providing workshops and distance learning modules to people working with and within the UK's beef, sheep and dairy supply chains. The programme, which is a partnership between IBERS, Bangor University and NIAB, develops and delivers training which both meets the needs of industry and incorporates research findings from the partners.