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Research Associate

Currently working on the Biodiversity Audit of the Norfolk Coast, Phase 2 & 3 within the School of Environmental Sciences. Responsibilities include assembling and managing biological records and species attribute data using R, as well as contributing to analyses, report writing and GIS mapping.

Academic Background

MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Distinction) - Queen Mary University of London, 2020

A taught masters with a focus on ecosystem function, analysis and policy. Developed critical analysis skills in assessing scientific research and processing data using R.

Further experience and expertise was gained for both R and linux programming languages whilst working on the research project: "An individual based model comparing asymmetric and symmetric mutual mate choice under varying environments". The model produced was simulated using a high performance computer cluster, with output standardised and analysed using R. 

BSc Palaeontology - University of Portsmouth, 2019

My undergraduate studies covered areas of geology, evolutionary biology and environmental sciences. Extensive field training was undertaken across the Isle of Wight, Jurassic Coast and Germany. Laboratory skills developed include sentimentological and mineralogical analysis of both hand specimens and thin-section microscope work, taxonomic identification of macro- and micro-palaeontological samples, as well as specialised techniques in microfossil processing for further study.

This culminated in a dissertation project titled: A multifaceted palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the Albian (Early Cretaceous) at East Wear Bay, Folkestone (England). Work for this project included providing assistance to local palaeontologist Steve Friedrich in dating dinosaur trackways in the study area of the project. This work contributed to the 2021 paper co-authored by Friedrich: "The youngest dinosaur footprints from England and their palaeoenvironmental implications" (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2021.04.005).