Birds first inspired my fascination with the natural world and have remained a source of joy and wonderment ever since. My research interests lie with applied ecology and ornithology, especially where outcomes can potentially inform conservation actions, which I find to be incredibly motivating and inspiring.
My specific interest in applied ornithology developed through my Applied Ecology MSc dissertation at the University of Exeter, which explored the impact of domestic cats on garden use by wild birds, using a large dataset from the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch project. Prior to this I studied a BA in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford. My final year dissertation researched nest defence behaviour in great tits (Parus major) and I felt incredibly honoured to work with the Edward Grey Institute at Wytham Woods.
I also gained additional research experience outside of my studies by completing an independent research project with the NGO Para La Tierra in Paraguay. I used baited-traps and sweep netting to record an inventory of the butterfly communuties present at Laguna Blanca and curated a museum collection. The results of my research contributed towards a publication in the Journal of Insect Conservation.
After graduating from my MSc, I was in employment for 3 years with a Local Environmental Records Centre at Essex Wildlife Trust. This not only gave me the opportunity to develop strong data management and GIS mapping skills, but also to become a well-rounded conservationist and gain additional skills in media and public engagement.