My undergraduate degree was in Ecology, but I have subsequently focussed on plants; first via the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants MSc at Edinburgh, and more recently, another masters in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
As a mature student I have been involved in various projects over the years. In the herbarium at Kew I supported the Wet Tropics of Africa team, managing specimens and working on reports focussed on west African botany. Linked to this, for Kew and the Wildlife Conservation Society, I had the opportunity to lead a botanical survey of a gorilla reserve in Cameroon; and was subsequently able to use some of the same field skills in in the coffee region of Colombia and volunteering and fragmented forests of Guatemala amongst other places. In the UK I have volunteered for several of the Wildlife Trusts as well as the National Trust and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. I am passionate about conservation and my main academic interest is in plant diversity and evolutionary which is why I am so excited about my PhD at the Earlham Institute.