I am interested in how biodiversity can be quantified, and developing novel methods for doing so, especially in the context of coastal habitats and their interactions with terrestrial habitats.
Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher and coordinator at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford, where my major focus was synthesising evidence on the biodiversity outcomes of nature-based solutions. I have also enjoyed several fieldwork positions, including on Skomer Island in Wales and Wytham Woods in Oxford. I hold a first class undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in evolution, ecology and conservation.
Active research projects:
My PhD research: Characterising the biodiversity of temperate seagrass meadows (see https://changingoceans.com/people/issy-key/)
I have also just started working on a project which will track the soundscape of a seagrass meadow throughout the process of restoration – this will be a long-term project over several years.
• Key, I. B., Smith, A., Turner, B., Chausson, A., Girardin, C., Macgillivray, M., & Seddon, N. (2022). Biodiversity outcomes of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation: characterising the evidence base. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10.
• Woroniecki, S., Spiegelenberg, F. A., Chausson, A., Turner, B., Key, I. B., Md. Irfanullah, H., & Seddon, N. (2022). Contributions of nature-based solutions to reducing people’s vulnerabilities to climate change across the rural Global South. Climate and Development, 1-18.
• Seddon, N., Smith, A., Smith, P., Key, I. B., Chausson, A., Girardin, C. A., House, J., Srivastava, S., & Turner, B. (2021). Getting the message right on nature-based solutions to climate change. Global Change Biology, 27(8), 1518-1546.
• Chausson, A., Turner, B., Seddon, D., Chabaneix, N., Girardin, C. A., Kapos, V., Key, I. B., Roe, D., Smith, A., Woroniecki, S. & Seddon, N. (2020). Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation. Global Change Biology, 26(11), 6134-6155.