Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
My research focuses on designing effective consumer behaviour change interventions to support sustainable coffee production. Coffee is produced in some of the most biodiverse regions of the world. With demand for coffee increasing, more pressure is placed on the people and landscapes directly involved in coffee production. Coffee is grown in a variety of ways along a spectrum of intensities, from diverse agroecosystems supporting considerable biodiversity at one end, to monoculture systems supporting little biodiversity at the other. When produced under the right conditions, coffee can benefit both biodiversity and people. Behaviour change interventions that promote biodiversity-friendly purchasing behaviours can shift consumer demands but require substantial market research to ensure their effectiveness. Outside of my PhD, I work with a start-up company that is helping to eliminate single-use plastic by building networks of reusable takeaway containers with cafes and communities.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Research Assistant (casual) Zoos Victoria 2021 - 2021 APR intern Zoos Victoria 2017 - 2020 Research Assistant University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Course Developer: Small Group Discovery Experience University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Learning Facilitator Torrens University Australia, Adelaide 2016 - 2017 Course Developer: Students as Partners University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2015 - 2021 Demonstrator University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Language Competency Italian Can read, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD 2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Honours in Environmental Science (1st class) 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia B.Sc. (Advanced)
Date Title Institution name Country 2017 Remote Pilot Licene (RePL) Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia 2017 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia
Year Citation 2020 Bowie, M. J., Dietrich, T., Cassey, P., & Verissimo, D. (2020). Co-designing behavior change interventions to conserve biodiversity. CONSERVATION SCIENCE AND PRACTICE, 2(11), 14 pages.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7
2016 Lowe, A., Dormontt, E., Bowie, M., Degen, B., Gardner, S., Thomas, D., . . . Sasaki, N. (2016). Opportunities for improved transparency in the timber trade through scientific verification. BioScience, 66(11), 990-998.
DOI Scopus39 WoS37
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