Before WWT I worked as a molecular biologist studying the genomics of wild plant-virus ecology for The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Oxford. This work culminated with a PhD in Environmental Genomics from the University of Birmingham. After seven years in research I switched to applied conservation. I joined WWT as a volunteer in 2012, initially working for three months with the Slimbridge reserve team before finding a position working in ecosystem health at WWT. My current focus is on the relationship between wetlands and human health and wellbeing, and how measured effects might be communicated for conservation gain.
Most recently I have been leading work to deliver structured wetland-based health programmes at our centres (‘Blue Prescriptions’). These are programme that are similar to social prescriptions. They aim to bring people who are experiencing or at risk of poor mental health to wetlands to experience wetland nature and peer support. Previously, as part of a NERC Valuing Nature placement, I worked with Imperial College London to develop methods for measuring the psychological and physiological effects of visiting urban wetlands (see below for publication). In 2019 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to Japan and South Korea to explore the practice of Shinrin Yoku (‘forest bathing’). In addition to health and wellbeing I have also worked on broader wildlife health projects such as the development of the Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual and WWT’s campaign to prevent wildlife poisoning from lead ammunition.
Reeves, J.P.; Knight, A.T.; Strong, E.A.; Heng, V.; Neale, C.; Cromie, R.; Vercammen, A. The application of wearable technology to quantify health and wellbeing co-benefits from urban wetlands. Frontiers in Psychology. 2019, 10, 1840.
Maund, P.R.; Irvine, K.N.; Reeves, J.; Strong, E.; Cromie, R.; Dallimer, M.; Davies, Z.G. Wetlands for wellbeing: piloting a nature-based health intervention for the management of anxiety and depression. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4413.
Muir, A., Ellis, M., Blake, DP., Chantrey, J., Strong, EA., Reeves, JP., Cromie, RL. (2019) Sarcocystis rileyi in UK free-living wildfowl (Anatidae): surveillance, histopathology and first molecular characterisation Veterinary Record 2019. doi: 10.1136/vr.105638
Newth, J.L., A. Lawrence, R.L. Cromie, J.A. Swift, E.C. Rees, K.A. Wood, E.A. Strong, J. Reeves, et al.. Perspectives of ammunition users on the use of lead ammunition and its potential impacts on wildlife and humans. People and Nature 2019
Cromie, R.L., R. Lee, R.J. Delahay, J. L. Newth, M.F. O’Brien, H.A. Fairlamb, J.P. Reeves & D.A. Stroud. (2012). Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual: guidelines for assessment, monitoring and management of animal disease in wetlands. Ramsar Technical Report No. 7. Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Gland, Switzerland. pp353.