14 October 2020
As the Senior Spatial Analyst, I am responsible for the day to day delivery of an efficient and effective Spatial Analysis Service for Kew Science, actively contributing to research and consultancy projects, as well as teaching and supervising Kew’s many students including our MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation. The role is very diverse and utilises many different spatial techniques and software products to achieve desired research outputs. I have a broad experience in conducting vegetation mapping using remote sensing and GIS techniques, and have used my extensive spatial analysis skills to focus on species distribution models, such as the determination and assessment of current and future coffee forests in Ethiopia. I am currently applying my expertise to the global designation of Tropical Important Plant Areas, through habitat specific, spatially accurate, robust and defensible analyses which will also support conservation prioritisation.
- MA, Geography, San Diego State University, USA, 2005
- BSc, Geography, University of Sheffield, 1999
Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, T., Gole, T.W., Challa, Z.K., Demissew, S., & Davis, A.P. (2017).
Resilience potential of the Ethiopian coffee sector under climate change.
Nature Plants 3: 17081 (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nplants.2017.81. Available online
Moat, J., Williams, J., Baena, S., Wilkinson, Demissew, S., Challa, Z.K., T., Gole, T.W. & Davis, A.P. (2017)
Coffee Farming and Climate Change in Ethiopia: Impacts, Forecasts, Resilience and Opportunities. Summary Report 2017
The Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK). Pp. 37
Darbyshire, I., Halski, B., Williams, J., Baines, D., Clubbe, C. & McCarthy, B. (2017)
Important Plant Areas
In: K. J. Willis (Ed.), State of the World’s Plants. Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (pp32 – 35). Available online
Upson, R., Williams, J. J., Wilkinson, T. P., Clubbe, C. P., Maclean, I. M. D., McAdam, J. H., & Moat, J. F. (2016)
Potential impacts of climate change on native plant distributions in the Falkland Islands
PLoS ONE 11(11), 1–20. Available online
Neigh, C. S. R., Bolton, D. K., Williams, J. J. & Diabate, M. (2014)
Evaluating an automated approach for monitoring forest disturbances in the Pacific Northwest from logging, fire and insect outbreaks with Landsat time series data
Forests 5, 3169-3198. Available online
Neigh, C., Bolton, D., Diabate, M., Williams, J. & Carvalhais, N. (2014)
An automated approach to map the history of forest disturbance from insect mortality and harvest with Landsat time-series data
Remote Sensing 6(4): 2782–2808. Available online
Building a climate resilient coffee economy for Ethiopia
Providing a climate-resilient strategy for coffee production in Ethiopia.
Tropical Important Plant Areas in Guinea-Conakry
Identifying Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) of Guinea-Conakry, West Africa.
Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs) in Mozambique
Identifying and promoting the long-term conservation and sustainable management of Mozambique’s most important sites for plant diversity.