I am a graduate of both Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, having obtained a first class BSc in Human Geography and a distinction in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation (MSc). This mix of academic experience has enabled me to gain a strong understanding of the importance of transdisciplinary work, particularly when it comes to the value of having a strong evidence base for effective decision-making.
My master’s research project entitled: ‘Backyard conservation: factors influencing current and future provision of Wildlife-Friendly Gardens and the scope for conservation initiatives’ is currently in preparation for publication. I have conducted additional research assisting a research team exploring woodland biodiversity and wellbeing and whilst interning with the Sea Watch Foundation in New Quay and the Tomillo Foundation in Madrid. This has been supported by voluntary work producing social media content for the environmental education charity Wild Ideas.
Wildlife and its conservation is something that has always been close to my heart and I am a keen wildlife photographer in my spare time. The value of being able to easily access natural spaces is something that became ever more apparent to me during the last year of lockdowns. As a result, I am particularly keen to explore how the benefits of green spaces to people can be factored into conservation decision-making.