Personal profile


I studied at the University of East Anglia gaining a BSc with First Class Honours in Environmental Sciences, graduating in 2012/13. My dissertation explored the potential for using artificial novel habitats as mitigation for the loss rocky intertidal coastline in the UK. This was done in a practical sense; designing and installing compensatory habitat on existing sea defences and monitoring their success.

After graduating I trained as a professional consultant ecologist, and continue to challenge myself within this role, undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys and designing site specific mitigation and enhancement strategies.

My research interests are broad, spanning from habitat creation and mitigation to intertidal sedimentology, and usually with a focus upon effects on community ecology and biodiversity. A passion for birdlife, as well as most elements of british fauna, has always driven my motivation for expanding human knowledge with the aim of conservation.

In a voluntary capacity I have assisted with two PhD projects, both based at the UEA. These were exploring the influence of macrofauna on intertidal sediment stability and biogeochemical properties and the macroecological distribution of avian functional diversity.

Current research
My current research is into the effects of shorebirds on the stability of intertidal muddy sediments. I am exploring the potential for top-down trophic cascade effects of shorebirds to drive erosion properties of sediment, possibly due to altered grazing pressure upon biofilms either directly or indirectly. Direct effects of bioturbation are also investigated.  

The stability of these environments is important for the ecosystem services which they provide, including coastal protection by flood control and carbon sequestration within sediments. It has been suggested that foraging effects may significantly influence sediment stability and flow (Daborn et al, 1993). My research intends to build upon such theories using methods of which no evidence has been found within the UK to date; measuring nutrient fluxes, productivity and sediment cohesion within in-situ plots both exclosed from and exposed to bird activity.

To date our team has collected experimental field data suggesting that shorebirds do significantly affect ecosystem functioning in this environment, including biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, sediment erodibility and carbon uptake. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Oct 2009Jul 2012

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

External positions

Senior Ecologist, Geosphere Environmental

Mar 2019 → …

Ecologist, Abrehart Ecology

Oct 2016Feb 2019

Ecologist, James Blake Associates

Mar 2013Sep 2016

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