Pathology and Field Technician
I am currently working as a Pathology and Field Technician and Wildlife Health Technician on the Disease Risk Analysis and Health Surveillance (DRAHS) team at the Institute of Zoology, ZSL. We work in partnership with Natural England (NE) and other key collaborators to assess the risk of disease during conservation interventions such as translocations of endangered species.
I have a particular interest in promoting the conservation of endangered species and reducing the risk of disease when conducting a reintroduction. I work both on the disease risk analysis prior to a translocation, both in the UK and abroad, advise on disease risk management and conduct post-release health surveillance following a translocation. We work with animals of every taxa - mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. To find out more about DRAHS and our work please click here.
Prior to 2018, I worked in press relations and advised NGOs and companies on their external communications. In 2018, I completed a Masters at the Zoological Society of London and Royal Veterinary College in Wild Animal Biology and focused my thesis on the spatio-temporal patterns of mange in cheetahs in the Serengeti as an indicator of stress in relation to tourism, working alongside Prof. Sarah Durant. Since 2019, I have worked alongside Dr Tony Sainsbury and Dr Tammy Shadbolt to examine the risks of disease in wild animal translocations and reintroductions. This work includes both assessing the disease risk prior to a translocation and monitoring disease occurrences following the translocation.
Brief Curriculum Vitae
2019 - present: Pathology and Field Technician, DRAHS, Institute of Zoology
2019 - present: Wildlife Health Technician, Institute of Zoology
2018 - 2019: MSc Wild Animal Biology, Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London
2018 - 2019: Communications Advisor, Project Rhino
2017 - 2018: Communictions Advisor, British Red Cross
2014 - 2017: Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting
2010 - 2013: University of Sheffield
- Common, S, Jaffe, J, Gerard, G (2019) Case of Emaciation in a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) – A Plastic Problem?