Annika Schlemm


Forecasting trade-offs between the food-energy-water-environment nexus and opportunities for adaptation, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

My research has covered six countries and connected various biological disciplines both within and outside of academia, with a focus on anthropogenic impacts on the environment. My recent work at UNEP-WCMC (UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre) investigated the food-water-environment nexus and the role of nature in delivering the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, which cemented my desire to work on the water-energy-food-environment nexus. Prior to this, I undertook research for my MPhil at the University of Cambridge investigating the impacts of pollution on freshwater ecosystem services. This followed research on the effects of urbanisation on avian malaria prevalence during my bachelors at the University of Oxford.


My drive to undertake applied environmental research has led me to a variety of experiences, such as: investigating the conservation effectiveness of protected areas at Princeton University; leading the scientific component of a conservation expedition in French Polynesia; and exploring the bio-economy at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). I’m excited to join the inventWater cohort as my ambition is to expand my work at the interface of physical and biological sciences in order to use interdisciplinary methods to address elements of the pressing ecological and climatic crisis.