I am passionate about wildlife conservation and pursued this through both a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation Biology and an MRes in Ecology and Environment at the University of Sheffield. I am particularly interested in tropical conservation issues, with a focus on community-based conservation and the wider ecological impacts of anthropogenic disturbance and conservation interventions.
For my undergraduate dissertation I reviewed the mechanisms protected area management can use to effectively engage local communities in conservation in Sub Saharan Africa. My Master’s research focused on the impacts of the wildlife trade on different facets of biodiversity. This included writing a literature review on the wider ecosystem impacts of selectively removing species for trade. For my MRes project I brought together global trade and trait datasets with phylogenies to highlight where wildlife trade encompasses the highest levels of functional and phylogenetic diversity of birds and mammals, which are key indicators of ecosystem resilience and their ability to provide services.
Alongside my research I am also passionate about science communication and before starting this PhD programme I worked for BirdLife International as a Communications Officer. Here I supported the communications of BirdLife’s global science team and its Preventing Extinction’s and Forest programmes, as well as being the Assistant Editor of the organisation’s quarterly magazine.