Harriet Ibbett

I am an interdisciplinary conservation scientist with a specific interest in understanding the human behaviour that drive biodiversity loss. To date, much of my research has involved using novel and experimental approaches to answer complex questions regarding wildlife crime and conservation rule breaking. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for three years as a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science. I conducted extensive field research in Cambodia to assess the effect of search-effort on the dectectability of snared by ranger patrols, and measured hunting prevalence amongst local communities. My experience there set me up perfectly for my PhD with Freya St John & Julia Jones which started in February 2019.

Read more about my PhD research on understanding rule breaking in conservation contexts here.

Selected publications

Dobson, A.D.M., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Aebischer, N.J., Beale, C.M., Brozovic, R., Coals, P., Critchlow, R., Dancer, A., Greve, M., Hinsley, A., Ibbett, H., Johnston, A., Kuiper, T., Le Comber, S., Mahood, S.P., Moore, J.F., Nilsen, E.B., Pocock, M.J.O., Quinn, A., Travers, H., Wilfred, P., Wright, J., Keane, A. (2020). Making messy data work for conservation. One World 2(5), 455-465.

 Ibbett. H., Milner-Gulland. EJ., Beale. C., Dobson. A.D.M., Griffin. O., O’Kelly. H., Keane. A., (2020). Experimentally assessing the effect of search effort on snare detectability. Biological Conservation 247.

Milner-Gulland, E.J., Ibbett, H., Wilfred, P., Ngoteya, HC, Lestari, P., (2020). Chapter 5: Understanding local resource users’ behaviour, perspectives and priorities to underpin conservation practice in Conservation Research, Policy and Practice (eds) Sutherland, W., Brotherton, P., Davies, Z., Pettorelli, N., Ockendon, N., & Vickery, J., British Ecological Society: Cambridge University Press.

Brittain, S., Ibbett, H., de Lange, E., Dorward, L., Hoyte, S., Marino, A., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Newth, J., Rakotonarivo, S.O., Verissimo, D., Lewis, J. (2020). Ethical Considerations when conservation research involves people. Conservation Biology.

Dobson, A., de Lange, E., Keane, A., Ibbett, H., Milner-Gulland, EJ (2019). Integrating models of human behaviour between the individual and population levels to inform conservation interventions. Philosophical Transactions B. 374.

Ibbett, H., Brittain, S. (2019). Conservation publications and their provisions to protect human participants. Conservation Biology. 34, 80-92. 

Hinsley, A., Keane, A., St John, F.A.V., Ibbett, H., Nuno, A., (2018). Asking sensitive questions using the Unmatched Count Technique: applications and guidelines for Conservation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 10, 308-319. 

Dobson, A., Milner-Gulland, EJ., Beale, C.M., Ibbett. H., Keane, A. (2018). Detecting deterrence from patrol data. Conservation Biology. 33, 665-675. 

Ibbett, H., Lay, C., Phlai, P., Song, D., Hong, C., Mahood, S., & Milner-Gulland, EJ. (2017). Conserving a globally threatened species in a semi-natural, agrarian landscape. Oryx. 53, 181-191.  


Harriet Ibbett

Harriet.Ibbett [at] bangor.ac.uk