Dr Jessica Kent

Oxford: 01865 883833

Jessica has worked as a consultant ecologist since 2010 and joined BSG Ecology in June 2013.

During her career to date, she has been involved in a number of large-scale infrastructure schemes, including nuclear new build, overhead line refurbishment, wind farm and Ministry of Defence projects. Jessica’s field survey skills include habitat assessment using the Phase 1 habitat survey methodology, and she has extensive experience of carrying out large-scale surveys for badger, great crested newt, reptiles, bats, otter and water vole. She holds a Natural England survey licence for great crested newt and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Jessica specialises in freshwater ecology, and has extensive experience in both long-term water quality monitoring using macrophytes, diatoms, macro-invertebrates and fish, and the response to short-term pollution events using macro-invertebrates as biological indicators. Jessica is highly competent at identifying aquatic invertebrates to species level, analysing results using appropriate statistical methods and indices including BMWP (Biological Monitoring Working Party) and ASPT (Average Score Per Taxon), and has a thorough understanding of both static and running-water habitats. She also has experience of aquatic habitat assessment using the River Corridor and River Habitat Survey (RHS) methodologies, and is an Environment Agency accredited RHS surveyor.

Jessica graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in Ecology and Environmental Management in 2005 and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Birmingham, from which she graduated in 2010. Her PhD examined macro-invertebrate community structure and ecosystem function in streams of contrasting pH.

She has previously worked as an Ecological Appraisal Officer for the Environment Agency and as a Survey Assistant for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Immediately prior to joining BSG Ecology, Jessica worked as an ecologist for AMEC E&I UK Ltd.