Anna Woodhead

Research Group

Member of Dr Rachel Turner and Dr Kirsten Abernethy's research group.  

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Anna Woodhead

Research Assistant


I am interested in the application of inter-disciplinary research to conservation, particularly of the marine environment.

This role both builds on my background in ecology and conservation, while allowing these interests to broaden into the area of social sciences. I help Dr Rachel Turner and Dr Kirsten Abernethy on their project, “Health and Hidden Vulnerability in Fishing-Dependent Communities”. This means systematically reviewing current research on the health of fishing communities, then embarking on fieldwork in such a community nearby. The project is funded by the University of Exeter Open Innovation Platform.

I am also a member of the Geography department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research/Technical interests

  • Marine conservation
  • The role of local communities and perceptions in shaping effective conservation initiatives
  • Inter-disciplinary research

Current Projects

Health and Hidden Vulnerability in Fishing-Dependent Communities


2014 MSc Conservation and Biodiversity (University of Exeter)
2013 BSc Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (Durham University)
2010 Baccalauréat Scientific (spécialité: Sciences de La Vie et de la Terre), avec option OIB American (Lycée François Magendie)


2013 Research Intern for the Sea Watch Foundation, Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project
Behavioural Ecology Work Placement (analysis of grey seal behavioural data), Dr Sean Twiss’ laboratory, Durham University
2012-13 Volunteer teaching assistant, Edmonsley primary school (Green Flag Eco School), County Durham

Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.03b
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE