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Denise Blake Denise Blake

Contact details

School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Using Earth Observations to assess the impact of Invasive Species on Ecosystem Services.

Project Overview

The project aims to assess the impact of invasive species on Ecosystem Services and will aim to look at three different perspectives of the problem and will be based on the Falkland Islands as a Case Study. The first is to understand the spread and likely spread of plant invasives. A model has yet to be developed to understand not just the potential habitat of any invasive species but the likelihood of it establishing itself in the environment by look at its potential dispersal. The second perspective is to then assess, using earth observations and remote sensing imagery the resultant Ecosystem Services and the changes observed due to invasive species and forecasting these changes with likely spread patterns. Finally, this study will touch on the public acceptability of invasive species and assess the public’s views on their control and management using techniques in PPGIS.



Partial funding through John D M Robertson (Stanley Services) Scholarship

Short Curriculum Vitae


  • MSci in Marine Biology from the University of Southampton
  • Currently working on PhD part-time in addition to working full-time for the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department as Data Manager.


Blake, D., Auge, A. and Sherren, K., 2017. Participatory mapping to elicit Cultural Coastal Values for Marine Spatial Planning in a remote archipelago. Ocean and Coastal Management, 148, pp.: 195-203. Link: