My interest is conservation biology, with a focus on human-wildlife interactions and co-existence. I am particularly concerned about the rate of human-wildlife conflict increase in less developed nations, primarily due to human population expansion and land-use change. In the Namibian Damaraland, I was involved in a human-elephant co-existence programme which involved monitoring of elephant demographics and behaviour as well as working with local farmers to build elephant-deterrent fences and walls. This led me to conducting a literature review on fencing techniques used to mitigate human-mega-herbivore conflict within my final year of my undergraduate degree. During my Master’s degree, I will be taking some time out to take part in the Primate and Predator Project in South Africa, ran by the Anthropology department, where I will be researching the use of electric fences as baboon crop-raiding deterrents.
Working within protected areas and national parks where wildlife-based tourism is omnipresent, has led me to my current research at Durham. For my Master’s, I will explore the drivers of wildlife-based tourism at a continental (Africa) and national scale (UK). Understanding and managing the drivers of wildlife-based tourism is critical for reducing negative impacts of human visitation to protected areas and the conservation of protected species.
Position: Research Masters Student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Prof. Stephen Willis and Dr. Jonathan Drury
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 1266
2018 - Present MScR Biological Sciences, Durham University
2015 - 2018 BSc (Hons) Biology and Geography within the Natural Sciences, Durham University