Staff Profile profile for heitil
Heidi is a principal consultant and manages and provides expert input to the delivery of the Marine Biological Association’s consultancy services. She began her career as a consultant archaeologist and still has some involvement in projects involving marine archaeology and the historic environment. Her interest in human impacts on the environment led her to retrain as a marine scientist and her PhD research focussed on the assessment of the quality of benthic habitats. She now has over 12 years’ experience in marine environmental science and has substantial knowledge of marine ecology and marine benthic habitats and the impacts that may arise from human activities in coastal and marine environments. Heidi has particular experience of benthic soft sediment habitats and statistical analysis of benthic data. Heidi’s consultancy experience includes involvement in a wide range of projects at the interface between science, policy and management and she has gained substantial experience of the requirements of managers and decision makers. She has developed a number of sensitivity assessment methodologies and has a thorough understanding of activity-pressure frameworks. Her work at the MBA has included the production of over 90 reviews of biotope sensitivity (available on-line) to support the management and of UK marine and coastal habitats. She has also been involved in impact assessments to support Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA). Heidi and the MBA consultancy team are always interested in working collaboratively on research and consultancy projects and welcome enquiries.