I’m a nature science nerd, currently to be found lurking in patches of eucalyptus woodland around Melbourne, Australia. I am probably the person who nearly walked into you the other day because I was too busy watching something flying overhead to watch where I was going.
As a biological scientist, I have very broad interests ranging from seabird spatial ecology to insect biodiversity, and the ability to get excited about almost anything. Right now I am exploring ways to use my expertise in animal movement to solve urban ecology problems, here in the City of Melbourne. Sometimes I masquerade as a seabird biologist on small offshore islands over in New Zealand.
I completed my PhD at Oxford University in 2017 (stand by for some publications!), during which I became very competent at using a wide range of bird-borne data loggers to find out where some of the UK’s seabird species are spending their time. My thesis focused on Manx shearwaters in particular, and my main research theme was attempting to understand how behaviour outcomes at different parts of the annual cycle are interconnected.
Before my PhD, I gained my BSc (Hons) Zoology from the University of Bristol where my final year research project investigated the population dynamics of the flour mite, Acarus siro supervised by Professor Richard Wall. During the second year of my degree I obtained a SEP grant from the British Ecological Society to run a pilot study mapping pollination networks in Caledonian pine forest. In 2008 I attended a Tropical Biology Association field course in Amani, Tanzania.