Serena Turton-Hughes

Serena Turton-Hughes


Specialising in human perceptions of nature, my academic research across disciplines has built towards this project: this includes philosophy, history, education, and geography within academia, and ecological concerns and passion for tree conservation beyond it. I bring skills from my professional life as a coach, teacher, working in the charity sector and previously supporting postgraduate students in their studies, to support metacognitive aspects of my learning and research.

Research interests

My research focuses on less charismatic flora, invertebrates and fungi, in tandem with trees as microhabitats, to explore multidisciplinary perceptions of previously unseen species loss. I am interested in taking a multispecies justice approach to research, including nonhumans and hidden perspectives. I am currently exploring the concept of dark diversity and will likely be utilising environmental DNA as part of my research.


  • MA Education and Leadership (University of Manchester)
  • PGCert Academic Writing Development (Coventry University)
  • CMI Level 7 Coaching & Mentoring (Coventry University)
  • PGCE History (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • BA (Hons) History (University of Warwick)