I have always been passionate about birds, particularly raptors, and learning how we can better protect them in the wild. This led me to pursue a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent and later an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia. Alongside my studies I have also gained a broader perspective on conservation research and how this can be applied at the policy and practitioner levels whilst working for Natural England and NGO’s such as VulPro. I am enthusiastic about effective science communication and am the current blog editor for #theBOUblog.
My undergraduate dissertation focussed on harnessing large citizen science datasets from migration count sites to infer population trends of threatened raptor species in the Afro-Palaearctic system, and I have continued working in this system since. For my masters dissertation I used tracking data from 23 Greater Spotted Eagles tagged in Polesia by the BTO to investigate the movement ecology of the species throughout the annual cycle.