My research background has been focused herbivore ecology and distribution. My MSc looked at the impact of artificial waterholes on vegetation in the Greater Kruger, South Africa and how this related to herbivore use of the waterholes. In Canada I began working on deer, first as a field technician on the Ya Ha Tinda Longterm Elk Monitoring Project tracking calf survival and migration patterns, and then as a research assistant looking at how the behaviour and ecology of mule deer contribute to the spread of chronic wasting disease. Before starting my PhD I worked on a project studying reindeer behaviour in the Cairngorms, Scotland, using GPS collars and accelerometers.
Building on my experience and research interests, my PhD will focus on the movement of red deer in Glen Lyon, Scotland, and how their behaviour, spatial distribution and habitat use is influenced by recreation in a study site popular with hillwalkers. This project neatly ties my academic interests in wildlife conservation and management, and personal interests in mountain activities and the outdoors in an exciting opportunity to contribute to effective landscape management in Scotland and reduce conflict between land users.
Position: PhD Student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Dr. Philip Stephens
Contact details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE
2019 - Present PhD Biosciences, Durham University
2018 - Present Postgraduate Certification Sustainable Mountain Development, University of the Highlands and Islands
2013 - 2016 MSc Nature Conservation, University of South Africa
2008-2012 BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Glasgow
Whitehead Trust PhD Studentship, 2019