I am a conservation biologist with interests in maintaining biodiversity and applying mathematical models to conservation. I graduated from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus in 2018 with a BSc in conservation biology and ecology, during which my main research project focused on invasive plant life histories. I started my MRes in computational methods in ecology and evolution at Imperial College London the following September. My masters project focused on shark migration and examined whether migratory and residential individuals behave differently, with the aim to predict which individuals would migrate and therefore were most at risk from commercial fisheries.
When I can escape my desk, I spend as much time doing fieldwork as possible. For the past two years I’ve spent my summers working for the Society for the Protection of Turtles in Northern Cyprus, where I run one of their three bases. This has involved monitoring nesting females, protecting nests from predators and helping hatchlings to make it to the sea, as well as mothering volunteers and becoming a part time mechanic. In the UK, I’m a trained marine mammal medic and have helped to rescue stranded dolphins and seal pups. The weirdest call out I received, but sadly couldn’t attend, was to help return a beached shoal of mackerel to the sea.