Born in Poland, raised in Italy, Thailand and China, I received my first degree in Germany, from Jacobs University Bremen. My dissertation, completed during a semester abroad at Rice University in Houston, examined eusociality in Damaraland mole-rats. I graduated with a BSc in Biology in 2006, and in the same year moved to Oxford to pursue an MSc in Biology, during which I completed two research projects. The first involved creating ontologies of animal behaviour and animal welfare to form a basis for analytical software. The second, supervised by WildCRU’s Jan Kamler, evaluated scent-station surveys as a method of monitoring populations of South African canids.
My doctorate at WildCRU focused on describing the diving behaviour and activity patterns of the invasive American mink, Neovison vison, using miniaturised time-depth recorders. I have presented this research at TEDxWarsaw in March 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJW-Zgjz7G0
I currently work at Inscentinel Ltd, a company focusing on using honeybees to detect explosives.
My publications and more details of my work can be found on my personal website: www.joannabagniewska.com