My research interests lie at the intersection between the natural and social sciences. I try to find ways to use social science to ensure more successful conservation and to use ecological methods to study human behaviour in novel ways.
I had my first fieldwork experience as a student helper on an oceanographical expedition to the North polar cap (later was relieved to find that most field work involves less of being charged by bears). Obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, and worked as a research assistant on conservation projects throughout my degree (kodkods and pumas in Chile, snakes in India, and interview studies across seven African countries).
I worked as a research assistant in Norway (lynx) and Costa Rica (ecosystem services) before carrying out my own research projects in South India (developing guidelines for minimising human-snake conflict, based on combining ecology with the traditional knowledge of the Irula Snake-catching Tribe) and Taiwan (ecosystem service provisioning in agro-ecosystems).
I obtained my masters degree from the London School of Economics (studying environmental policy, economics, law and development) to gain more understanding of the human and societal side of conservation. My master’s research investigated the perceptions of environmental justice by stakeholders in the Norwegian carnivore policy (indigenous reindeer herders, sheep farmers and environmentalists).