OPALS
OPALS

Oppenheimer Programme in African Landscape Systems (OPALS)

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Andrew Cunliffe

Oppenheimer Senior Research Fellow and leader of OPALS at the University of Exeter. Andy has a background in physical geography, spanning multiscale remote sensing, dryland ecohydrology, environmental monitoring, ecosystem carbon dynamics and landscape systems thinking. Andy advocates for open science and enabling new collaborative opportunities. He has overall responsibility for OPALS, working closely with all partners to ensure strategic alignment to maximise our achievements.

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Tom Powell

Oppenheimer Research Impact Fellow at the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter. Tom has a broad background in ecology, geography and systems thinking, spanning food systems and land-use change, natural climate solutions, environmental monitoring & payments for ecosystem services, and community-led responses to environmental degradation. Tom helps to facilitate engagement with our partners, to co-design our research and maximise its real-world impacts.

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Enimhien Akhabue

Oppenheimer-Turvill Doctoral Scholar modelling the current and future resilience of ecosystem service provision in African landscapes, using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) land surface model in the Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Supervised by Dr Andrew Cunliffe, Dr Anna Harper, Dr Tom Powell, Dr Petra Holden, Prof Mark New and Dr Karina Williams.

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Antony Emenyu

Oppenheimer-Turvill Doctoral Scholar assessing use and uptake of regenerative farming practices by smallholder farmers in African landscapes. Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Supervised by Dr Tom Powell, Dr Andrew Cunliffe, Dr Lorien Jasny and Prof Mulala Simatele.

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Milcah Kirinyet

Oppenheimer Impact Scholar working on improving the use of environmental data for sustainable landscape management with Conservation South Africa (CSA), working with Dr Andrew Cunliffe, Dr Tom Powell, Dr Perushan Rajah and Dr Heidi-Jayne Hawkins. Milcah will be undertaking an MSc in Applied Data Science for Environment and Sustainability before commencing her placement with CSA.

Glenn Slade

Oppenheimer-Turvill Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Glenn is developing new fine-scale remote sensing methods to monitor invasive plant species occurrence and improve the reproducibility of measurements of plant traits in rangeland and savanna ecosystems. He is supervised by Dr Andrew Cunliffe and Dr Karen Anderson with additional input from Dr Jem Perkins from the University of Botswana.

Kelebile Balo

Oppenheimer Masters Scholar enrolled at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, studying the sustainable use of rangelands with fine scale remote sensing, supervised by Dr Lawrence Akanyuang, Dr Andrew Cunliffe and Dr Jem Perkins.

Nare Alan Dumezweni

Oppenheimer Masters Scholar enrolled at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, studying the sustainable use of rangelands with fine scale remote sensing, supervised by Dr Lawrence Akanyuang, Dr Andrew Cunliffe and Dr Jem Perkins.

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Laone Seabonyane

Oppenheimer Masters Scholar enrolled at the University of Botswana, studying belowground plant traits in African rangelands to generate knowledge that supports the sustainable utilisation of rangelands and informs payments for ecosystem services associated with carbon storage, supervised by Dr Jem Perkins, Dr Andrew Cunliffe, Dr Kebonyethata Dintwe and Dr Colleen Iversen

Guy Lomax

Doctoral Researcher working on the impacts of climate change on African rangeland and livestock. UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence. He is supervised by Dr Tom Powell, Prof Tim Lenton and Dr Andrew Cunliffe

Jake Dykes

Jake Dykes

Geospatial Coordinator for Sustainable Partnerships, student intern working to better connect research and impact activities across Africa through an R Shiny application, funded by Policy@Exeter.

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Oppenheimer-Lovelock Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Geography, University of Exeter, supervised by Professor Tim Lenton, Dr Andrew Cunliffe, Dr Tom Powell and Dr Laura Pereira.

Emily Willoughby

MSc Global Sustainability Solutions student conducting a dissertation project on climate adaptation in Maputo, Mozambique, focussing on the role of urban planning in improving resilience for informal settlement communities. She is supervised by Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos and Dr Andrew Cunliffe.

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Oppenheimer Impact Scholar working on adaptation to climate-related hazards in Maputo, Mozambique, focussing on the role of urban planning in improving resilience for informal settlement communities with Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos and Dr Andrew Cunliffe.

Justin Marshall

MSc Global Sustainability Solutions student conducting an internship dissertation project with The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST), applying a conceptual framework for positive tipping points developed by GSI and the Food and Land Use Alliance to look for leverage points for future scaling. Justin’s project is supervised by Dr Tom Powell