Beckie holds a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Nottingham (2020) and an MSc in Island Biodiversity & Conservation from the University of Exeter (2021). For both her undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations she undertook ornithological research with conservation implications which helped form an interest in the relationship between avian conservation and land use. This includes her Master’s dissertation titled ‘Differences in artificial nest survival demonstrate how European nightjar use nest site selection as a predator avoidance strategy.’
After gaining her MSc, Beckie gained experience as a Rewilding Officer at an organic farm turned rewilding project. During this time, she researched the current changes in agricultural policy and the implications this would have for the rewilding project, both ecologically and financially. She also established communication channels with local farmers looking to manage farmland for both food production and biodiversity. This position solidified an interest in the link between biodiversity conservation research to society and broader issues around policy and people.