I am a PhD student at Cornell University working on deer-vegetation dynamics and the human dimensions of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) reintroduction to Scotland. In collaboration with Darragh Hare at WildCru, I am researching acceptability of lynx reintroduction among the public using quantitative social science experiments. My ambition is to contribute robust scientific evidence to this highly politicised discourse.
I obtained a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. I have extensive experience working in woodland conservation and research in Scotland, where I have lived for the last five years. In 2019, I joined the LIFE Lynx team in Romania to help trap and translocate Eurasian lynx as part of a genetic rescue project. I have since worked on a number of research projects at WildCRU, as a research assistant and collaborator, looking into the social issues surrounding lynx reintroduction to Scotland.
Kirkland, H., Hare, D., Daniels, M., Krofel, M. Rao, S., Chapman, T., & Blossey, B. (2021) Successful deer management in Scotland requires less conflict not more. Frontiers in Conservation Science 2. doi: 10.3389/fcosc.2021.770303