Introduction

 

The UN Secretary General has stated that climate change is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time. This comes at a period when one in five people in developing regions live on less than $1.25 per day and are very poorly equipped to deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Already one in eight people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger and this number will only rise as the Earth's population increases. I feel very strongly about the need to create a world which is both environmentally and socially sustainable. I have worked for a number of organisations which share my ideals and I am proud of the impacts I have had.


I am currently a PhD student at SRUC/University of Edinburgh modelling the impacts of climate change on sheep and goat systems. My research interests are focused on the effects of climate change on grasslands and forage, in terms of both plant yield and plant nutritional quality.