- October 2010-Present: PhD student, University of East Anglia and Institue of Zoology. The Evolution of biodiversity in the ants.
- March 2009-April 2010: Curatorial assistant, Lepidoptera section, Natural History Museum, London.
- October 2008-March 2009: Data capture assistant, South African Butterfly Conservation Assessment.
- September 2003-May 2009: MBiolSci, University of Sheffield.
The major transitions in evolution  represent ubiquitous events where cooperating units become sufficiently integrated to be considered single entities in their own right. The evolution of increasing complexity after cooperation has evolved has been termed social group transformation. Understanding the process of social group transformation is crucial to understanding the major transitions that have characterised evolution.
I am investigating this process by using phylogenetic comparative methods to examine the macroevolutionary patterns of social traits in the ants. Eusocial insects are thought to be a group currently undergoing "social group transformation", and the ants are the most speciose and ecologically successful of the eusocial insects. My key interests are the role of colony size in the evolution of increasingly complex division of labour systems, and the effects of social traits on patterns of diversification.
I am co-supervised by Prof. Andrew Bourke at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dr. Seirian Sumner at the University of Bristol.
 Maynard-Smith J., Szathmary E. 1995 The major transitions in evolution, OUP Oxford.
Biodiversity & Macroecology
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
London, United Kingdom