Martha Crockatt- Sustainable Agriculture Research Manager at Earthwatch.
Martha Crockatt is a Research Manager in Sustainable Agriculture at Earthwatch Europe.
Martha has a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences from Cardiff University, which included a placement year in organic agriculture research at the Henry Doubleday Research Association (now Garden Organic). Her PhD, completed in 2008, on the ecology and lifecycles of endangered UK wood decay fungi, is also from Cardiff University.
Following a postdoc studying the links between herb layer biodiversity and leaf lipid biochemistry in woodlands, Martha first joined Earthwatch in 2010 as a Research Assistant on the HSBC Climate Partnership programme. During her time at Earthwatch Martha has:
- Managed a long term forest carbon cycling project in Wytham Woods
- Investigated the impact of seed source on ash responses to climate
- Overseen a desk-based study into the relative climate change impacts of paper-based vs plastic packaging
- Developed novel research on preventing soil erosion impacts within the sustainable agriculture programme
Whilst conducting these research programmes, Martha worked frequently with citizen scientists - encompassing employees from corporate partners, teachers and members of the public - developing data collection methods that can be taught quickly and effectively to non-scientists, but that still generate data of publishable-quality.
Martha is a key member of the sustainable agriculture team at Earthwatch, developing relationships and projects with wide-ranging partners including social scientists, farmers, NGOs and corporate partners.
As well as research and citizen science, Martha has lead workshops using innovative methods to achieve impacts, including an introduction to Lego Serious Play for addressing challenging questions at the British Ecological Society’s 2018 annual meeting. Martha also led workshops at Woodlands of the Future and was involved in a multi-stakeholder one day workshop, held in 2017, identifying key challenges to the future of UK woodlands.