Originally from Lyon, France, I completed my undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of St Andrews. While there, I became interested in using computational methods to understand biological processes that are difficult to study in the field. For instance, my undergraduate dissertation focused on identifying the evolutionary drivers of local enhancement behaviour, which occurs over large scales, via simulation modelling. I was then able to use my computing experience to contribute to several research projects.
Over the past few years, I have become involved and interested in conservation research through fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon and in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, and through a semester-long exchange at James Cook University, Australia. I have experienced a diverse range of ecosystems, and recognise that it is more crucial than ever to gain a thorough understanding of the threats faced by our biodiversity in order to best conserve it.
To that end, my DPhil at the University of Oxford, which is supported by a NERC studentship, will aim to mathematically define, and thus better understand, the interactions between humans, carnivores, livestock, and wild prey of carnivores in the context of the human-wildlife conflict occurring in Laikipia County, Kenya. Special emphasis will be placed on demonstrating the importance of using encounter rates when predicting and modelling depredation risk. Through a combination of computational, data-driven, and field-based methods, I will aim to further develop the way in which carnivore depredation of livestock is studied, understand how carnivores pursue prey in a coupled human-natural system, and use my findings to derive and test the best practices of conservation in this hotspot of human-wildlife conflict.