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Abigayil holds a Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and has published her undergraduate work on evaluating the value of seagrass for fisheries in southern Australia.
Abigayil has since spent four years working in the field of wildlife conservation and scientific research. She interned with the UNEP-WCMC on their global ecosystem modelling projects before moving to Madagascar for a year to help run a volunteer-based community conservation scheme. The project was embedded in a development charity, and involved pioneering biodiversity monitoring fieldwork twinned with conservation education. Here she learnt first hand the importance of the local community in conservation issues and became interested in the community dynamics that fostered successful conservation schemes.
On returning home, Abigayil took up employment with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), an advisory body to the the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. She worked within the Marine teams to provide advice on a number of marine policies, notably on the Marine Protected Area network within the UK and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. In her spare time, Abigayil coordinates the social media outlets of Honko, an award-winning mangrove and community conservation charity in Madagascar.
Having worked in both grass roots and government advisory positions, and retained her interest in community conservation, Abigayil became interested in the SRC and their integrated approach to sustainability science. She is particularly interested in marine protected area governance, their socioeconomic benefits and the ways in which local communities can help build sustainable fisheries. She is also interested in how high level policy can work at and with the community level to produce the effective conservation strategies.