Having just completed my Bachelor’s in Biology (Zoology) at the University of Oxford, I am very privileged to continue my studies here as a Masters student with WildCRU and the Department of Zoology. My main interests lie with the ecology of mammals and carnivore conservation, whilst more recently, I have developed an interest in community initiatives to conserve both biodiversity and human livelihoods.
During my bachelor’s, in a revised research project working with Claudio Sillero, I conducted coursework into identifying vulnerability hotspots using landscape resistance modelling for African wild dog populations in Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). Though only desk-based, I found the insight into the intersect between mathematical modelling and ecology incredibly valuable, and hope to pursue this in some shape or form in my future studies.
For my Masters project, I am deeply thrilled to part of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, co-supervised by Dr Jorgelina Marino and Dr Girma Eshete Genbere. My research with the EWCP will focus on assessing the ecological impacts of various management systems of Afroalpine resources in the highlands of Ethiopia. This project is part of the Biodiversity Friendly Futures Project (EWCP) and will focus on ‘Guassa gardens’, a form of community-based natural resource management system which is restoring local habitats allowing endemic wildlife, such as the endangered Ethiopian wolf, rebound.