2016 – Present PhD student at the Univeristy of Leeds
I am a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds studying the behavioural ecology of Britain’s biggest seabird, the northern gannet, Morus bassanus. I come from a keen background in conservation, having volunteered and worked for conservation organisations before starting my PhD. I have a particular enthusiasm for seabirds and the wider marine environment, having spent summer seasons monitoring and studying seabirds at a number of colonies during my MSc degree and previous employment. I hope to use my PhD research, and future work, to serve the natural world, and help protect it in these uncertain times.
2015 – 2016 RSPB Scotland Assistant Warden, Isle of Oronsay
Main duties split between farming for biodiversity and wildlife, and biological surveying/ conservation work.
2014 – 2015 MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds
Dissertation project – the chick diet of two species of auk with contrasting foraging strategies.
2014 April – August RSPB Seabird Research Residential Volunteer
Broad range of cencus and producivity surveys throughout the breeding season on a number of seabird species. Contributed to the 2014 annual report for Bempton and Filey SPA Seabird Monitoring Programme.
2010 – 2013 BSc Zoology, Newcastle University
Honours project – Raptor distribution and habitat selection during winter.
My research centres around the use of accelerometry data to invesitgate the energetic consequences of consistent individual differences in foraging behaviour of chick-rearing northern gannets, Morus bassanus. To do this, I have spent three consecutive summers fitting breeding gannets on Bass Rock, Scotland, with tri-axial accelerometers, GPS loggers and time-depth recorders, to gather fine-scale three-dimensional data on the foraging behaviour of known individuals.
- MSc, Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds
- BSc, Zoology, Newcastle University
Research groups and institutes
- Ecology and Evolution