Having worked as a research assistant across Southern and Eastern Africa, by the time I started university I was well-aware of the value of fieldwork (for science, conservation, and my own repertoire of stories!). Studying Biological Sciences at Brasenose College, University of Oxford I was fortunate to work with internationally valuable entomological and paleontological collections alongside my degree. But by far the work in which I had the deepest interest was with WildCRU, where I assisted Joanna Ross, sorting camera trap photos from Borneo as part of ongoing work on clouded leopards. My undergraduate project with Claudio Sillero-Zubiri and Jorgelina Marino explored the interaction between Ethiopian wolves and free-ranging domestic dogs in Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. This work highlighted the frequency of interactions between the two species, a critical threat to the wolves, which contract rabies and CDV from the semi-feral dogs.
Today, my work focuses on lions, exploring WildCRU’s extensive data from across Africa. Currently, I am exploring the impact of lion killings on livestock loss in the Hwange area, with Andrew Loveridge. My core area of interest is human-wildlife conflict, focusing on lions and other large-bodied mammals in sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in the permutations of livestock bomas and fencing, and the psychological, social, and economic impediments to better implementation of such HWC-reduction measures.