- 2012-2013: Conservation Science MSc, Imperial College London. With Distinction and awarded the Gerald Durrell Prize.
- 2006- 2009: Geography BSc, Queen Mary University of London. Awarded 2.1 (Hons)
- 2015-present: PhD Student, University of Oxford & Institute of Zoology (IoZ)
- 2014- 2015: Project & Communications Officer, Agriculture for Impact. Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
- 2013: Independent Research, Imperial College London and Zoological Society London. “Rapid assessment of the status and distribution of the Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) in South East Cameroon”
- 2013- Present: Freelance Ecology Fieldwork Assistant
- 2012: Research Assistant, “Livelihoods and sustainable resource use in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary”.
- 2009- 2012: Project Executive, London Community Resource Network
After graduating with a BSc in Geography, I worked in an environmental sustainability NGO for a few years running environmental education training programmes for young offenders. I loved this job, but missed hands-on research and was keen to get out into the field again. I took a sabbatical and volunteered in Cambodia on a project looking at shifting patterns of natural resource use in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary. This reignited an interest in conservation research, and led me to apply for the Conservation Science MSc at Imperial College London. I carried out my MSc research project in Cameroon that sought to use local knowledge to monitor the distribution and threats to forest elephants in timber concessions, which has now led me to my PhD.
Aside from work, I love travel and spent a year travelling south-east Asia, Australasia, and the USA after my A-Levels. I also spent a few months in India and Nepal in my early teens, which I think is what gave me an interest in environmental and conservation issues in the first place. I play guitar, (although not that well, but I try) and have sung all my life. I've been in a number of soul and blues bands that play at events around the UK and would love to find the time and the people to sing with again. I used to dance a lot too, performing at a number of festivals around the UK (which is a really fun way to get a free ticket)!
My specialist research interest is in the use of local knowledge for monitoring wildlife populations and their threats. My MSc thesis project involved using interviews with timber workers on the presence or absence of forest elephants within the concessions. I combined the interview data with occupancy analysis to produce trends in detectabilityover 6 years and maps of relative abundance and threats across an area over 10,000 km2.
That research highlighted the potential of interview based occupancy analysis as a cost effective way of gathering data over large scales and challenging habitats, to identify threats to biodiversity and as a tool to better include local people into conservation. However, there are still many uncertainties about the use of local ecological knowledge, and the robustness of observational data for wildlife population monitoring methods in general. There is a lack of research that focusses on identifying and controlling for sources of bias with observational data. So here I am, trying to contribute to that field of knowledge.