Rosie Woodroffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Her research aims to develop ways for people to coexist with wildlife, and includes managing widespread species like badgers as well as conserving threatened species like African wild dogs and cheetahs.
During the period 1998-2007 she was a member of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB which oversaw the Randomised Badger Culling Trial. She has written over 100 scientific papers but much prefers stomping the cliffs of her native Cornwall.
Christl Donnelly is a Professor at Imperial College London. She studies the spread and control of infectious diseases, including BSE/vCJD, SARS, foot-and-mouth disease, rabies and influenza. She has written two books (one on BSE/vCJD and the other on applied statistics) and over 175 scientific papers.
During the period 1998-2007 she was deputy chair of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB which designed, oversaw and analysed the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT). She is still analysing RBCT data to quantify the long-term effects of proactive badger culling.
Kelly previously worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate on the red deer project on the Isle of Rum, analysing individual variation and the effects of environmental change on breeding phenology. She is an experienced field biologist, and has worked in the UK and abroad on individual-based ecological research projects. Kelly has also spent three years as an ecological consultant, assessing the ecological impacts of developments and advising landowners and developers on methods of minimising these. This has provided her with a good understanding of British natural history and methods of surveying for protected species.
Kayna received a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Wildlife biology in 2005 from Anglia Ruskin University. During this time she conducted fieldwork in Central Mongolia studying social dominance behaviour of Przewalski’s Horse. Kayna then went on to live in Kenya for 5 years working with the Laikipia Wild Dog Project, gaining experience handling and trapping large carnivores and working with local communities tackling human and wildlife conflict. Kayna is glad to be back home working in North Cornwall; having lived here all her life she really hopes that this project can benefit her local community.
Naomi has worked for a variety of wildlife conservation and research organisations, for projects both in the UK and abroad. In her native Wales, she worked as a field assistant and data analyst for the Bat Conservation Trust on a project commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to gauge the benefits of agri-environment schemes for wildlife. Naomi has also worked at a wildlife records centre in the Brecon Beacons, where she maintained species lists and habitat maps in accordance with environmental legislation. Naomi’s main interests lie in British ecology, the spatial distribution of species and the use of Geographic Information Systems. In 2010 she moved to Cornwall to study for an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and liked the area so much that she decided to stay.