Zoe Olivia Brown

Academic Profile

I completed my BSc in Biology with Honours at Acadia University in 2017. After graduating, I returned to the Bahamas, where I worked on several research projects related to socio-ecological resilience, marine conservation, and climate change in the context of SIDS at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. I have also worked as a tutor, teaching assistant, and research assistant throughout my academic career.

I came to Oxford in 2022 to complete an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management. My MSc research focused on understanding yield-biodiversity trade-offs in cocoa agroforestry systems of Nigeria.

I am now working with the Nature Based Solutions Initiative for my DPhil Research, as well for Nature Based Insights, a social venture spin-out from NBSI, as an assistant researcher.

• International Panel on Climate Change PhD Scholarship (2023 – 2027)
• Tropical Agriculture Association Fund MSc International Study Award (2023)
• All Souls Hugh Springer Graduate Scholarship (2022 – 2023)
• Rhodes Scholar Finalist (Jamaica & Commonwealth Caribbean, 2022)
• Acadia University Scholar Award (2021)
• Acadia University Dean’s List (2021)
• George E. Bishop Volunteerism Scholar-Bursary (2021)
• Jieh-Yee Wu Scholar-Bursary (2021)
• Acadia Honours Summer Research Award (2020)
• Murdock C. Smith Scholarship in Marine Biology (2020)
• Lyford Cay Foundation Grant (2019)
• Dr. George Claude Hicks Scholarship in Biology (2019)
• Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award (2018)
• Acadia Excellence Scholarship (2017 - 2021)
• Bahamas National Tuition Assistance Award (2017 – 2021

Current Research

My doctoral research will focus on understanding the ecological and socioeconomic effectiveness of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).


Baak, J., Brown, Z., et al. (2022) A rapid assessment technique for coastal plastic debris sampling: applications for remote regions and community science. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 178, 113641.

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