PhD Researcher in Environmental Science, University of Reading

My research focuses on the relationships between plants, people and climate change in the past, present and future. I am undertaking a PhD at the University of Reading, researching how humans and climate change have combined to shape southern Brazil's iconic, ancient and threatened Araucaria forests over recent millennia, and what impact future changes will have.

I first realised that plants were actually interesting in my second week studying biological sciences, on a rainy day in the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. This impression has only grown from there, and after graduating from Oxford in 2011 I went on to an MSc in ethnobotany (the study of the relationships between people and plants) at the University of Kent and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

In the couple of years after finishing my MSc I worked in the herbarium at Kew and for Botanic Gardens Conservation International, before moving back down to Kent to do a PGCE. I was a science teacher in Canterbury until starting my PhD at Reading in January 2017, and have carried my longstanding interest in science communication and outreach through all these roles. In this capacity I recently developed the 3D Pollen Project (https://3dpollenproject.wixsite.com/main/).

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Student in Environmental Science, University of Reading

Education

  • 2015 
    Canterbury Christ Church University, PGCE 11-18 Science (Biology)
  • 2012 
    University of Kent, MSc Ethnobotany
  • 2011 
    University of Oxford, MA (Oxon) Biological Scienes