Congratulations to Tanesha Allen

October 16, 2020

WildCRU is delighted to congratulate Tanesha Allen on the successful completion of her doctorate.

Tanesha’s research on Wytham’s badgers began in 2016, investigating their olfactory communication system. Human noselessness is so blinding, when it comes to interpreting social odours, that it requires skill to design field experiments that cause the badgers to reveal what messages linger in their various scent glands: subcaudal and anal. This is exactly what Tanesha did, her experiments revealing that these perfumes communicate sex, season, social group and, intriguingly, the energy content of the secretion itself.

Alongside her DPhil studies Tanesha has fruitfully developed her passion for science communication – she achieved a Public Engagement with Research Award from Oxford and a Royal Society Partnership Grant for her citizen science project with local schools. We wish her every success as a rising star in her future career.

Read more about WildCRU’s badger project here.

Previous news featuring Tanesha:

September 2020 – Lockdown Walks

August 2020 – Badgers inspire youthful scientists thanks to WildCRU’s classroom ambassador

October 2019 – ‘Research Spotlight’ on WildCRU DPhil student, Tanesha Allen

July 2019 – Tanesha Allen Highly Commended in the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards

October 2018 – WildCRU PhD Student wows local schools with Badger Research


  • Professor Tim Coulson, Tanesha and Professor David Macdonald (left to right)