- 2018–Present: PhD Researcher, Institute of Zoology and Royal Holloway, University of London
- 2017–2018: Conservation Biology Coordinator, Conservation Evidence
- 2016–2018: Partner Relations Officer, BirdLife International
- 2014–2015: Fundraising Secretary, Bristol Nature Network
- 2013–2016: Project Coordinator, ecancer
- 2012–2013: MSc in Conservation Science, Imperial College London. Awarded Merit
- 2011–2011: Research Assistant, University of Cape Town
- 2008–2012: Rehab Manager, Treatment Network
- 2005–2008: BSc in Biology, University of Bristol. Awarded 2.1 (Hons)
My previous research interests span avian powerline collisions in South Africa, fine-scale ecological impacts of tropical forest fragmentation in Borneo and the use of proactive horizon scanning to benefit biodiversity conservation. Currently I’m interested in the factors underpinning the restricted ranges of highly threatened species, and the blend of multidisciplinary approaches employed to disentangle these.
The Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi) is a Critically Endangered passerine (c. 320 individuals remaining in the wild) found only in a small corner of northern Jiangxi Province in China. It is known from about 13 breeding populations in fragmented habitat, generally found close to villages and rivers. Why it is only found there, when surrounded by similar human-modified landscapes across southern China, is not clearly known.
My project aims to establish robust baseline information on this species, determining environmental correlates of extinction and survival using an approach blending community-based interviews, remote sensing data and on-the-ground habitat surveys. Through this, we will gain a better understanding on past, present and future threats to the species, its ecological requirements and provide a sound basis for future in situ management.
Prof. Samuel Turvey, Institute of Zoology
Dr Sarah Papworth, Royal Holloway
Dr Steve Portugal, Royal Holloway
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