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Melissa Marselle
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Dr Melissa Marselle

Last modified: January 4, 2024
ACCESS Co-Investigators

Lecturer in Environmental Psychology
University of Surrey

m.marselle@surrey.ac.uk

About



The sector(s) I work in: Academic

www.surrey.ac.uk


Professional qualifications:

Chartered Environmental Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the British Ecological Society



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About the organisation(s) I've worked for



Organisation name:

University of Surrey


About my experience and expertise



Personal statement:

I’m a environmental psychologist with expertise in the application of psychological theory and methods to biodiversity conservation questions. Collaborating with ecologists, I use quantitative methods to assess mental health & wellbeing impact of biodiversity, and use qualitative methods to apply behaviour change theory to conservation problems.

I was a collaborating author of the IPBES Values Assessment, co-author of a WHO report on blue and greenspace and mental health, and sit on the British Psychological Society’s Climate Environment Action Coordinating Group. I am an Associate Editor the British Ecological Society journal People and Nature.



Key topic areas of research or interest:

My research interests focuses primarily on two key topic areas:

(1) Biodiversity & behaviour change: Applying behaviour change theory to address biodiversity conservation problems. In particular, I audit national biodiversity policies to identify gaps and understand how to improve policies

(2) Biodiversity and mental wellbeing: Working with ecologists to understand the impact on mental health and well-being of contact with biodiversity (and different habitat types), and the mediating pathways of this relationship.



Collaboration opportunities:

I’m always open to collaborations, PhD projects, consultancy, media work and all other forms of engagement that link to my areas of research. Enjoy brainstorming with ecologists!



Publications:

*Biodiversity & Behaviour Change*
Addressing behavior in pollinator conservation policies to combat the implementation gap. Conservation Biology.
https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cobi.13581

The role of diverse values of nature in visioning and transforming towards just and sustainable futures. IPBES Values Assessment
https://zenodo.org/records/7701885

Applying the Behaviour Change Wheel to mitigate the biodiversity crisis. Handbook on Pro-Environmental Behaviour Change.
https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-on-pro-environmental-behaviour-change-9781800882126.html

*Biodiversity and mental wellbeing*
Pathways linking biodiversity to human health: A conceptual framework. Environment International.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412021000441

The more the merrier? Perceived forest biodiversity promotes short-term mental health and well-being—A multicentre study. People and Nature.
https://besjournals.pericles-prod.literatumonline.com/doi/full/10.1002/pan3.10564

Species richness is positively related to mental health – A study for Germany. Landscape and Urban Planning.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204621000475

Urban street tree biodiversity and antidepressant prescriptions. Scientific Reports.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-79924-5

Urban green space soundscapes and their perceived restorativeness. People and Nature.
https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pan3.10215

Does perceived restorativeness mediate the effects of perceived biodiversity and perceived naturalness on emotional well-being following group walks in nature? Journal of Environmental Psychology.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494416300275?via%3Dihub

How do different types and characteristics of green space impact mental health? A scoping review. People and Nature. https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pan3.10529

Green and blue spaces and mental health: new evidence and perspectives for action. World Health Organization Europe. https://www.who.int/europe/publications/i/item/9789289055666

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change.
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8



Other projects and networks:

Biodiversity: how our health and happiness depend on a thriving planet. The Conversation.
https://theconversation.com/biodiversity-how-our-health-and-happiness-depend-on-a-thriving-planet-157261

Noticing Nature in the City. Science of Happiness Podcast
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/episode_93_noticing_nature_in_the_city

Environmental Psychology with Melissa Marselle. Hoare Lea Exploration Podcast.
https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/environmental-psychology-with-dr-melissa-marselle/id1513350084?i=1000540899112

Dr. FOREST – Research on how diversity of forests affects our health and well-being
https://www.dr-forest.eu/

Valuing Nature’s Soundscapes
https://valuing-soundscapes.github.io/

EKLIPSE expert working group on the impacts of green and blue spaces on mental health
https://eklipse.eu/request-health/

British Psychological Society’s Climate Environment Action Coordinating Group
https://www.bps.org.uk/diversity-and-inclusion#climate-and-environment-action

Exploring the nurturing effects of nature on mental health
https://www.nature.com/articles/s44220-023-00179-w



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