I hold a BA (Hons) in Marine and Natural History Photography, an MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology (with distinction) and have 5+ years of higher education, international research and field experience with renowned and globally recognised research, governmental and NGO's. My passion for the natural world is far beyond words, and I love nothing more than exploration, experience and applied conservation work.
My career and curiosity with the natural world kicked off by working alongside BBC and Nat Geo filmmakers documenting conservation stories of Blue Sharks and the largest animal on the planet - the Blue Whale. Since, my academic work has taken me from Australia to Greece, where I have worked alongside globally recognised research organisations, leading and assisting with scientific research.
My masters thesis explored the effects of food type and abundance on begging and food sharing behaviours in captive Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus) and is published in Open Access PeerJ. Past research projects include alliance and communication development in Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) and habitat-use, distribution and social dynamics of Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis).
Alongside my academic roles, I have always been passionate about science communication and community restoration projects. Particularly, I'm interested in finding creative and accessible ways to communicate the importance of scientific value and the weird and wonderful patterns of our natural world as well as working with the people to encourage a new found perspective for nature and biodiversity restoration.
I recently secured a large grant from the National Heritage Lottery Local Places for Nature Fund to restore a local green space into a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
From community engagement features with The Wildlife Trusts, workshops for BDMLR and LIVE lessons on Youtube and social media, telling stories of science, conservation and wildlife are a large part of my work.
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