Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser is the Senior Programme Coordinator for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) initiative, a citizen science partnership based in the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London.
Citizen science, global change biology, biological monitoring, species interactions
The OPAL Project:
The OPAL network, led by Imperial College London, is a UK-wide partnership initiative that inspires communities to discover, enjoy and protect their local environments through citizen science-based activities. OPAL began in 2007, operating across England and funded by a Big Lottery Fund – Changing Spaces grant. Since January 2014, the programme has expanded to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland thanks to a further award from the Big Lottery Fund. For more information, please visit the OPAL website or follow OPAL on Twitter @OPALNature.
Poppy Lakeman Fraser graduated with a BSc Hons in Biology and Oceanography and was awarded the School of Biological Science Top Student Annual Prize from Southampton University in 2007.
After working for the Forestry Commission and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, she began her PhD at Imperial College London. This research investigated the simultaneous impact of climate change and land use modification on species interactions. While conducting fieldwork in forest ecosystems in New Zealand she was based at the University of Canterbury. She was an active member of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change community and the Forest Ecology and Conservation Research Group at Silwood Park.
In 2012 Dr Lakeman Fraser started her first position working for OPAL based at at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity within the Natural History Museum, London. Analysing data collected on urban invertebrates she investigated how data quality can be assessed in data collected by citizen scientists.
On returning to Imperial College in 2013, she joined the OPAL management team as a Project Officer on the England-wide portfolio of projects. Here she provided a key role in setting up the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) with others at Imperial and across Europe. Coinciding with the £3 million award from the Big Lottery fund to expand OPAL into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, she began her current position as OPAL Senior Coordinator.