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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York

I am a postdoc at the University of York, currently studying the evolutionary and ecological responses of British butterflies and moths to climate change. I am generally interested in Lepidoptera, their interactions with plants, and the effects of anthropogenic environmental change. During my PhD, I studied the effects of light pollution and wildfire on moths and their pollination interactions with plants. As an undergraduate, I studied the factors influencing the distribution of the Striped Lychnis, a rare species of British moth. I've been an enthusiastic moth-trapper, bird-watcher and naturalist for a number of years.

I receive funding from the Natural Environment Research Council.


  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of York


  • 2017 
    Newcastle University, PhD Biology
  • 2013 
    University of Oxford, BA Biological Sciences


  • 2017
    Host-plant patch qualities and presence of a likely competitor species affect the distribution and abundance of a rare British moth, Cucullia lychnitis, Journal of Insect Conservation
  • 2016
    The dark side of street lighting: impacts on moths and evidence for the disruption of nocturnal pollen transport, Global Change Biology
  • 2014
    Pollination by nocturnal Lepidoptera, and the effects of light pollution: a review, Ecological Entomology