I graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University in 2010 and joined WildCRU soon after. My first role was as a PTES (People's trust for Endangered Species) funded "research intern" studying the cascade effects of deer management on the small mammal community of Wytham woods (Bush et al 2012).
I then joined an expedition to the SAFE project, Borneo (www.safe.project.net
) to collect and survey dung beetles amongst the forest fragments and oil palm plantations, to assess the effects of forest fragmentation on biodiversity and ecosystem function. After this I worked as research assistant to Dr. Eleanor Slade and Dr. Phil Riordan on a collaborative project between Earthwatch and WildCRU to "Assess the effects of fragmentation and climate change on woodland animal populations".
I have just completed a review of the global trade of exotic pets with the aim to identify major trade routes and assess the patterns of current research effort.
In September 2012 I left WildCRU to study for the MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.
My long-term research interests lie in the ecology and sustainable use of African Tropical Forests, and the role of forest dwelling people in human-wildlife conflict and conservation solutions. You can follow me on twitter @er_bush
and at www.xxecology.blogspot.com
Human-wildlife conflict, the Exotic Pet Trade, Forest Dynamics, Sustainable Use