I am fascinated by the complexity of the natural world and how humans interact with it. My interests mostly lie at the interface between ecology, animal behaviour, and the human dimensions of conservation. Specific topics of interest include the ecological consequences of behavioural changes induced by the presence of other species, such as invasive species or predators, the importance of individual behaviour for ecosystem-level patterns, complex systems approaches to ecology, and the processes by which conservation decisions are made.
Effects of Invasive Species on Wild Mammals and Human-Wildlife Conflict in Kenya
My PhD research focuses on how invasions of prickly pear cacti (Opuntia) affect the distribution of wild mammals in the landscape of Laikipia County, Kenya, and how this influences the occurrence of human-wildlife conflict.
I am funded by NERC through the IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership.
Individual Differences in Space-use Under Threat of Predation in Wood Mice
For my second MRes project at Silwood Park, I am investigating how individual-level factors influence spatial responses to predation risk in wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus). I am supervised by Dr. Aurelio Malo.
Impacts of Climate Change on the Structure and Function of Global Bird Assemblages
Species range shifts driven by climate change are expected to create novel assemblages, however we know little about how these assemblages will be structured or will function.
In the first of my MRes Projects at Silwood Park, supervised by Dr. Joe Tobias and Prof. Stephen Willis, I combined functional trait data with species range predictions to determine how the trait structure of global bird assemblages shifts under climate change.
Learning and Memory in a Trap-Building Predator
Antlion larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) construct cone-shaped pitfall traps in the sand to capture prey. They are an interesting organism in which to study learning and memory, as studies rarely focus on sedentary insects.
In my undergraduate dissertation at the University of St. Andrews, supervised by Dr. Lauren Guillette, I investigated whether antlions could learn to associate a vibratory cue with the loss of their prey, and whether they retained this knowledge over time.