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Ainoa Pravia

PhD, MSc, BSc

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Ainoa was awarded a BSc in Biology by the University of Oviedo and an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation by Edinburgh Napier University, which involved fieldwork with large ungulates in South Africa. She joined the entomological team at NRS in 2019 after completing a PhD with The University of the Highlands and Islands and The James Hutton Institute. Her project looked at the response of arthropod assemblages to the restoration of formerly afforested blanket bog in the Scottish Highlands. Prior to joining Forest Research her work involved a hands-on approach to habitat restoration and species conservation. She has worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust in osprey conservation and migration tracking, as well as a reserve management and delivering of public events.  She also worked in the trapping and tracking of northern flying squirrel populations in the USA, path building and restoration, habitat management for invasive non-native species and subsequent habitat restoration. In Germany, she participated in the reintroduction of European mink via trapping and radio-tracking.   Her current work at Forest Research involves management and monitoring of insect forest pests.


Member of the British Dragonfly Society

Member of the British Ecological Society

Member of the Royal Entomological Society

Entomological Research Assistant
Tree health


Northern Research Station

Bush Estate



Related Publications


Moth responses to forest-to-bog restoration

Response of moth communities to restoration of formerly afforested blanket bog


Peer reviewed journal articles

Pravia, A., Andersen, R., Artz, R.R.E., Boyd, K., Cowie, N.R., Littlewood N.A. (2020) Moth responses to forest-to-bog restoration. Mires and Peat, 26, 27, 19pp.

Pravia, A., Andersen, R., Artz, R. R. E., Pakeman, R. J., & Littlewood, N. A. (2019). Restoration trajectory of carabid functional traits in a formerly afforested blanket bog. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 65 (Supplement), 33-56.