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Alice Thomson

Trainee Consultant

Alice is part of Eunomia’s Policy Team and is based in the Bristol office. She is interested in emerging ideas on Natural Economy and policy interventions which allow natural resources to be valued and protected. She uses the research and analytical skills developed during a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, and subsequent research projects, in her work at Eunomia.

 

Recent Experience

Alice has assisted with research and projections on how Brexit and the removal of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could impact British farming and land management practices – and in turn the effects of such changes on water quality and provisions. Alice has also undertaken research on the impacts of microplastic pollution on the aquaculture industry, focussing on the effects of microplastic ingestion on bivalves and quantification of human exposure to microplastics via consumption of contaminated bivalves.

 

Career History

Alice holds a First-Class Degree in Biological Sciences from Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. During her studies, she received a number of awards for her work, gaining the Heron Allen scholarship for best performance in preliminary examinations, and the Orielton field prize for outstanding fieldwork. She therefore comes to Eunomia with strong data analysis and research skills.

In her final year, Alice specialised in environmental science and conservation modules, studying ecology of terrestrial ecosystems, species conservation and marine ecology. She completed a dissertation on the risks posed by invasive species which included analysis of economic costs and current and potential policy interventions as well as critique of the concepts underlying invasive species biology. Alice has strong presentation skills, as demonstrated in her final year viva on the impacts of anthropogenic ocean noise on cetaceans, which also included analysis of the scale of the problem and policy interventions to tackle it.

After graduation, Alice worked as a research assistant for the University of Edinburgh’s Rum Red Deer project on the Isle of Rum in the Inner Hebrides. Here, she contributed to the long-term mammal study on the resident deer population which, amongst other things, looks at the response of the deer and other island biota to climate change. Alice has also worked for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, interning for them in 2014.

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