Hannah Grist
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    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

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My research background focuses on behavioural and population ecology in the marine and coastal environments. My main interests are in individual and/or geographical variation, how these scale up to the population or ecosystem level, and the implications for conservation and policy. 

I also have developed work around science communication, stakeholder engagement, and citizen science. I am interested in how people create, learn and benefit from scientific knowledge and understanding, and how we can improve our processes and systems. 


Previously, I have led communications for an Arctic climate science Horizon2020 project called Blue-Action, and coordinated the Capturing our Coast marine citizen science project across Scotland. I have worked as a teaching fellow in science communication at the University of Edinburgh, and as as part of the creative team at Edinburgh Science, designing science communication events all over the world.

I am a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellow, undertaking work on developing scientific literacy through experiential learning.


I teach on the Environmental Protection and Management MSc, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. 

I can teach a range of science topics such as seabird and rocky shore ecology, but also skills-based workshops such as science communication and policy engagement. I particularly enjoy teaching across disciplines, including around the art-science interface, and using hands-on techniques such as outdoor learning and drama exercises. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Patterns and aconsequences of variation in winter location in a partially migratory population of European shags, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Sept 2014

Master, Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

Bachelor, Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007


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