Being rather prone to sticking my head amongst the leaves of trees, bushes and plants generally and feeling lost without a set of binoculars, I have been a keen natural historian since childhood. Having had the opportunity to study avian biology, ecology and behaviour, followed by conservation biology/ecology, I am now thoroughly enjoying embracing my inner-nerdiness by investigating how non-native species of the entomological variety interact in native food-webs/interaction networks.
I am also a keen biological recorder, specialising in ‘birds, bugs and botany’ but covering all taxonomic groupings. I have a strong leaning towards the application of such knowledge and research to UK biodiversity conservation issues, and am an active member of a number of national and local special interest groups, including Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR) and The British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS).
Broad research specialisms:
- Invertebrate ecology
- Conservation ecology
- Non-native species
- Insect-plant relationships
1994 BA (Hons) Music (Bath Spa University)
2008 FdSc Animal Science (Bird Biology) (University of Plymouth) (Distinction)
2009 BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology & Ecology (University of Exeter) (1st Class)