I completed my DPhil, under the supervision of Professor David Macdonald in 2006. My area of interest was the competitive impact of introduced rodents (specifically Rattus rattus and Mus musculus) on endemic Galapagos rodents, specifically the vulnerable species Nesoryzomys swarthi endemic to the north coast of Santiago Island. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to live and work on a large uninhabited island in the Galapagos surrounded by the most wonderful wildlife and at liberty to conduct all the field experiments I desired! Publications are listed below.
Following my DPhil I published an invited review of alien rodent impacts on insular small mammals for a special issue of Biological Invasions. During a postdoc at the Universite Paris-Sud I worked on a database of French Islands and their ecological and geographical characteristics. I focused my efforts on the archipelago of New Caledonia which I used as a case study for prioritisation of islands for rodent eradication.
I am interested in the impact of alien species across all taxa and ecosystems, the emphasis being on ecosystems, as alien species and their eradication can have intricate and often unpredictable effects from which we can learn and apply a great deal.
A firm believer in transferable skills, however, and the mastering of new ecosystems and experiences, I am currently Reedbed Project Officer at the RSPB where I manage a wildlife survey programme across some of the UKs most important reedbed reserves.