I joined WildCRU in August 2020 as communications assistant for the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme.
I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at Oxford where I had my first introduction to WildCRU, investigating activity patterns of clouded leopards for my dissertation. After graduating I returned to the Zoology Department to work with Dr Nathalie Seddon, researching nature-based solutions to climate change, before going on to do an MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol. For my masters’ 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.
As cetaceans are one of my passions, I recently interned with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust where I really started to hone my science communication skills. I designed and delivered marine conservation workshops to schools across Scotland’s west coast and worked to promote citizen science efforts within and beyond local communities. I also assisted with photo-ID research on bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, and minke whales, using various online channels to connect people with wildlife stories.
My other great passion is canids, and in my role at WildCRU I provide communications assistance for the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme and its projects, helping to increase awareness and support for the conservation of Ethiopian wolves both in Ethiopia and internationally.