I am currently working as a research assistant on an M4ShaleGas project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, in conjunction with Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences and Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. The aim of my part of the project is to address the potential ecological impacts of shale gas extraction, using hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), in Europe, using a predominantly desk-based approach.
For my MBiol studies, I carried out a project aiming to quantify and assess diversity in MHC genes of the UK red fox population, as part of a collaborative study with Dr Stephen Harrison of Nottingham Trent University, who is in the process of undertaking a similar, global project. I also conducted a project which determined the reliability of citizen science data collected by the camera trapping project MammalWeb, which aims to use citizen science to monitor mammal populations in the UK.
During my PhD, I hope to carry out population viability analyses for the world’s bird and mammal populations, and see how future climate projections will affect their persistence. My main interests lie within conservation ecology, and the impacts of anthropogenic drivers and climate change upon species.
Position: Research Assistant in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Dr Stephen Willis
Membership: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre,
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.
Starting 2017 PhD Biology, Durham University, UK
2012-2016 MSc Biological Sciences, Durham University, UK