I graduated from the University of Essex in 2021 with a first-class BSc in Marine Biology. During my time there I developed an interest in ecological statistics and its applications, and conducted my undergraduate research project modelling factors influencing otolith (earstone) deformities in California Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).
I went on to graduate with an MSc in Statistical Ecology in 2022 from the University of St Andrews, which allowed me to further explore the intersection between statistics and ecology, with a focus on the application of modern ecological modelling techniques. My MSc dissertation focussed on evaluating minimum sample sizes required to produce reliable population trend estimates, as a tool to assess the potential usefulness of citizen science data in estimating population trends for otherwise un-monitored bird populations.
After a short stint as a statistical analyst at the Home Office, I look forward to returning to my roots to take up a PhD position in the Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Group at the University of Essex.