I joined WildCRU in 1997 on a work placement year as part of my undergraduate year in zoology at the University of Glasgow. I spent a happy year as part of the badger group with a combination of field work in Wytham Woods and behavioural analyses of video footage – captured using remote video surveillance – when back in the laboratory at South Parks Road. My primary focus was on assessing interspecific interactions between foxes and badgers. This work contributed to a later collaborative publication in the Journal of Zoology.
After graduation I commenced my PhD with Professor Sue Healy (now at the University of St Andrews) at the University of Edinburgh. Primarily working on wild rufous hummingbirds on their breeding grounds in the Canadian Rockies, I examined birds’ use of spatial and temporal cues while foraging. Back in the laboratory, in Edinburgh, I similarly examined learning and memory in Parids.
My current work is at the University of Edinburgh, where I work in IT. In 2016, I completed an MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, with a project examining geographical biases in published conservation research, as assessed via citation rates and alternative metrics.
My ORCID profile is here.