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PhD researcher, University of East Anglia

I am a current PhD student in the Bourke group at the University of East Anglia. My research focuses on the molecular and behavioural mechanisms underlying social evolution and range expansions in bumblebees, using the Tree Bumblebee - a recent UK colonist - as a study system. More generally, I am interested in the evolution of social behaviour in insects, birds and mammals; the evolution of host-parasite and plant-pollinator interactions, especially in relation to bees and other social insects; and science communication.

Previously, I undertook a MSc (by Research) in the Sumner lab at the University of Bristol. My research focused on social evolution and transcriptomics in the Epiponini, a tribe of Neotropical social wasps. Alongside this, I was also involved in a project which dealt with the economic and ecological value of wasps.


  • 2017–present
    PhD student, University of East Anglia


  • 2018 
    University of Bristol, MSc (by research) Biological Sciences
  • 2015 
    University of East Anglia, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences


BSc (University of East Anglia), MSc (University of Bristol)