Laura Kor


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Research interests

I am a PhD student on the London NERC DTP based at King’s College London, UCL and Kew Gardens, passionate about working with people and wildlife for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

My research combines ecological and social methods for the conservation of useful plant species in Colombia – species with reported human uses. Working as part of the Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia Project (UPFC) at Kew, my research focuses on identifying potential Important Plant Areas (IPAs), investigating local knowledge and use of plants, and evaluating the potential of conservation-through-use approaches. I apply mixed-methods from the fields of ecology, biogeography and conservation social science.

Before starting my PhD, I worked as an ecological consultant for a global engineering and development consultancy, gaining experience of working in industry at the interface of social and ecological systems. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

MSc Environmental Technology - Ecological Management, Master of Science, Imperial College London

Sept 2014Sept 2015

Award Date: 4 Sept 2015

Biology with a Year in Industry, Bachelor of Science, Imperial College London

Sept 2010Jun 2014

Award Date: 5 Sept 2014


  • QK Botany
  • Ethnobotany
  • QH301 Biology
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Resource Management
  • Socio-Ecological Systems


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