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Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am a conservation scientist interested in understanding how biodiversity and ecosystems work, especially urban and more novel ecosystems, and in turn understanding how best to reconcile human development (e.g. urbanisation), and conservation. I am also interested in how to optimally restore disused landscapes for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. So far, I have worked on these issues through fieldwork, museum collections and large datasets, using spatial and statistical modelling to understand them, and I am keen to further develop my skills to better answer them. I am particularly fascinated by insects and have a long-standing interest in utilising museum collections to understand biodiversity loss and inform conservation action. I am passionate about science engagement with the wider public because I firmly believe that conservation can only take place with the support of the public, and am also interested in how we can influence human behaviour in relation to conservation, through education.

Biography

In 2018, I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education with Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In my final year, I investigated long-term changes in aquatic insects using the University Museum of Zoology Cambridge’s Insect Collection. During my undergraduate summers, I undertook multiple internships to gain practical experience (Plant Systematics & Phylogenetics and Insect Biodiversity & Biogeography Labs, University of Hong Kong; Insect Ecology Group, University of Cambridge; Marine Evidence Team, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, JNCC).

Since 2018, I have been leading a long-term research project, ‘Brownfield for Bramblefields’, in association with Victoria Smith (Cambridge City Council) and Dr. Ed Turner (University Museum of Zoology Cambridge). This experimental field project evaluates the effectiveness of a brownfield-like habitat restoration scheme. I have been supported by the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology (2019-20) and the Balfour-Browne Trust Fund to carry out this work.

I took my MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation (2018-19) at the University of East Anglia, where I investigated drivers of Mute Swan population change in England and Wales under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Gill (University of East Anglia) and Prof. Rhys Green and Prof. Debbie Pain (University of Cambridge). The Santander Postgraduate and the International Office Excellence Scholarships supported my MSc studies.

Since graduating from my MSc, I have worked in the British Ecological Society’s Policy team; conducted a systematic review on the effectiveness of brownfield-like habitat creations; and worked on analyses of intertidal mudflat changes in relation to an important habitat for the critically endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper.

In October 2021, I will be starting a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jane Hill and Dr. Colin Beale (University of York) and Dr. Blanca Huertas (Natural History Museum), where I will be using museum collections to understand the impact of climate change and habitat conversion on tropical montane butterflies.

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of East Anglia

Sep 2018Sep 2019

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Oct 2015Jun 2018

External positions

Policy Assistant, British Ecological Society

Jan 2020Jun 2020

Policy Intern, British Ecological Society

Sep 2019Dec 2019

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