worked with Dr Claire Spottiswoode
as a voluntary researcher, conducting data entry and analyses based
on large unpublished dataset on breeding biology of African birds
(in collaboration with the Natural History Museum’s Bird Group
at Tring). Questions will include analyses of hatching success and
yolk antioxidants in relation to various ecological factors, changes
in breeding phenology, and various aspects of brood parasitism, to
be analysed in a phylogenetic context using CAIC-R.
I also assisted Dr Mary Caswell
Stoddard and Dr Martin Stevens
investigating the role of size and shape mimicry in eggs of the common
cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) with its hosts as a possible part
of the host-parasite co-evolution.
I have a broad interest in avian behavioural and conservation research,
with particular interest in social and breeding behaviours of birds
as well as the conservation of behaviour that may relate to the possible
alteration of animal behaviour with changing population sizes.
Prior Research & Experience
I graduated from Cambridge in 2011 with a BA in Natural Sciences (Zoology).
During my Bachelors I conducted several research projects. Work that
I carried out in the field included a project looking into dragonfly
distribution and density relative to vegetation characteristics (e.g.
shade and non-native vegetation presence) along a river in the south
of England. Another field-based project I carried out investigated
inter- and intra-specific foraging differences in three species of
wading bird feeding together on an East Anglian mudflat. This utilised
focal watches of individual black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa),
oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) and redshanks (Tringa
totanus), aged by visual identification, to investigate species
and age specific differences in foraging method, efficiency and diet.
I also carried out a large data-analysis project on the values of
modified tropical landscapes using a collated dataset to assess the
impacts of forest conversion to coffee and cocoa agroforestry of varying
intensity on relative bird abundances, and assessing whether certain
species specific features such as forest dependence, red list category
etc. could explain the observed population differences.
In 2010 I also was a research assistant member of an Operation Wallacea
expedition to Madagascar to conduct a species biodiversity assessment
of the Mahamavo dry deciduous forest.