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Dr Tara Hooper

Environmental Economist

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Tara has a BSc in Ocean Science with Underwater Studies from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from the University of Wales, Bangor.  Her career started with cetacean research projects in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico, and she spent six years on the Mauritian island of Rodrigues managing a broader marine research and education initiative, which focused on the development of marine protected areas. 

Tara’s combined interests in tools to improve policy decisions and in renewable energy led her to her PhD work valuing estuarine mudflats in the context of a tidal barrage development. She is also working on projects to examine the potential for the co-location of offshore wind farms with crab and lobster fisheries, determine public perceptions of offshore wind farms; and obtain values for a range of marine ecosystem services, including recreation, carbon sequestration and the role of nursery habitats in supporting commercial fish stocks.


Ecosystem service mapping in the Severn estuary and inner Bristol Channel

Ecosystem service mapping in the Severn Estuary and inner Bristol Channel

Contact: Dr Tara Hooper

The Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel provide a diverse range of benefits that underpin our economy and wellbeing, from fisheries to ports and...

Recent publications

  • Hooper, TL; Beaumont, NJ; Griffiths, CA; Langmead, O; Somerfield, PJ . 2017 Assessing the sensitivity of ecosystem services to changing pressures.. Ecosystem Services, 24. 160-169. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.016
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  • Pendleton, L; Mongruel, R; Beaumont, NJ; Hooper, T; Charles, M. 2015 A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 530. 183-193. 10.3354/meps11111
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  • Cazenave, P; Torres, R; Hooper, TL; Austen, MC; Beaumont, NJ. 2013 Unstructured Modelling. [Lecture] In: UKERC project meeting, London. (Unpublished)
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  • Holland, RA; Scott, K; Hinton, ED; Austen, MC; Barrett, J; Beaumont, NJ; Blaber-Wegg, T; Brown, G; Carter-Silk, E; Cazenave, P; Eigenbrod, F; Hiscock, K; Hooper, TL; Lovett, A; Papathanasopoulou, E; Smith, P; Thomas, A; Tickner, R; Torres, R; Taylor, G. 2016 Bridging the gap between energy and the environment. Energy Policy. (In Press)
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  • Papathanasopoulou, E; Beaumont, NJ; Hooper, TL; Nunes, J; Queiros, AM. 2015 Energy systems and their impacts on marine ecosystem services. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 52. 917-926. /10.1016/j.rser.2015.07.150
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  • Börger, T; Hooper, TL; Austen, MC. 2015 Valuation of ecological and amenity impacts of an offshore windfarm as a factor in marine planning. Environmental Science and Policy, 54. 126-133. 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.018
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Selected key publications

Hooper T. and Austen M. 2013. Tidal barrages in the UK: Ecological and social impacts, potential mitigation, and tools to support barrage planning. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 23: 289-298

Hooper T. and Austen M. 2013. The co-location of offshore windfarms and decapod fisheries in the UK: Constraints and opportunities. Marine Policy