My research interests are the ecology and conservation of marine and terrestrial mammals – I am particularly interested in the behavioural ecology of cetaceans and its conservation applications but also have a long-standing love of terrestrial carnivores, especially canids. I have significant experience of science communication and community outreach as well as online engagement in the context of wildlife conservation, and am interested in holistic approaches to protecting species ecosystems, including One Health frameworks and empowerment of marginalised groups.
I initially studied biology at the University of Oxford, after which I worked with Dr Nathalie Seddon at Oxford’s Zoology Department, researching nature-based solutions to climate change. I then completed my master’s in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol in 2018. For my thesis I researched the usefulness of strandings data for assessing levels of bycatch of harbour porpoise and common dolphin in commercial fisheries around Cornwall, and investigated demographic trends in bycaught animals.
I recently interned for 7 months with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, where I assisted with photo-ID research on minke whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, spending significant time surveying at sea and on land. I also developed and delivered the Trust’s education programme along Scotland’s west coast, creating resources, workshops and activities to engage schoolchildren with nature, and supported online communications, using social media to share stories with supporters and promote citizen science within and beyond local communities.
Now I am thrilled to join the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, for which I will be providing communications support for the project’s operations, and aiming to increase its reach and impact through online presence and storytelling.