Jenny Williams

Senior Spatial Analyst


Ecosystem Stewardship


Spatial Analysis and Data Science


Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, UAV, Species Distribution Models, Survey, Fieldwork, Satellite, Map, Geographic Information Systems, GIS, GPS, Drone, Image analysis, Madagascar

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 MSc students including. The role is very diverse and utilizes 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 have been 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. 

My current research is focused on using UAV imagery in Madagascar to discover, assess and monitor deforestation and determine appropriate sites and methods for forest regeneration. We provide the communities the ability to feed themselves with nutritious yams in their house gardens throughout the 'hungry season' while they are also working with us to provide seedlings for forest restoration initiatives.

  • Management Qualification (PMQ) 2017 - Association for Project Management, London, UK
  • MA, Geography, San Diego State University, USA, 2005
  • BSc, Geography, University of Sheffield, 1999

Cowell CR, Lughadha EN, Anderson PML, Leão T, Williams J, Annecke WA. 2023. 

Prioritising species for monitoring in a South African protected area and the Red List for plants. 

Biodiversity and Conservation. 32, 119–137. 

Ralimanana H, Perrigo AL, Smith RJ, Borrell JS, Faurby S, Rajaonah MT, Randriamboavonjy T, Vorontsova MS, Cooke RSC, Phelps LN, et al. 2022. 

Madagascar’s extraordinary biodiversity: Threats and opportunities. 

Science 378: eadf1466.

Davis, A.P., Wilkinson, T., Challa, Z.K., Williams, J., Baena, S., Gole, T.W. & Moat, J. 2018. 

Coffee Atlas of Ethiopia. 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK).

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. 

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.  

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