PhD researcher, Durrell Institute for Conservation & Ecology, University of Kent

I'm currently an EnvEAST NERC funded PhD student at the Durrell Institute for Conservation & Ecology, University of Kent. For my thesis, I am currently investigating the use of acoustics in monitoring tropical vertebrate responses to land-use change in Borneo, under the supervision of Dr M. Struebig and Dr J. Bicknell.

Prior to this, I undertook my Masters at the University of Salford (UK) after completing my BSc(Hons) in Practical & Wildlife Conservation at the same university. During my time in Salford, I studied the effects of habitat fragmentation and edge effects on aerial insectivorous bats in the Amazon, under the supervision of Dr Christoph Meyer (University of Salford, UK) and PhD Adrià López-Baucells (University of Lisbon, Portugal).

I have also worked in Calakmul (Mexico) as part of the Operation Wallacea team, as an ecological consultant, & I previously assisted as a demonstrator in lectures/field work the University of Salford.

Research interests:

– Habitat Fragmentation
I'm particularly interested in forest fragmentation & investigating which variables predominantly determine biological responses.

– Bioacoustics
Acoustic monitoring is a valuable method for monitoring populations therefore I'm keen to develop & utilise this surveying technique.

– Bat Ecology
Relating to acoustics, I am interested in researching how functional traits influence echolocation call structures. I currently work with UK & neotropical species.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate - Biodiversity Management, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology