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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

I read Zoology at the University of Cambridge for my Bachelor’s degree; I then spent two years studying in five different countries for an Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ecology.  For my thesis I spent four months on the Galápagos assessing the importance of mangrove habitats for juvenile fish communities.

I have worked for a number of different academic institutions, NGOs and businesses. After my Masters I worked at the University of Kiel in Germany carrying out research and drafting chapters for a book on conservation auctions and agri-environmental schemes. I have worked with the IUCN on the climate change vulnerability of lemurs; the Shark Trust on trends in capture and trade of Elasmobranchii; the Institute of Zoology London (ZSL) on the National Red List project; with Microsoft Research to model infrastructure failures for a British utility company; and for The Nature Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth project, collecting data and developing a spatially explicit global model on fish densities within mangrove habitats.

I enjoy teaching and was delighted to receive the Janet Moore prize for supervising in Zoology. 

Research

I am researching which interventions work to reduce the environmental impact of diet. This project spans the natural and social sciences as well as public health and behavioural psychology. I am working with Cambridge cafeterias to test whether placing the vegetarian options first in buffets (changing order), increasing the number of vegetarian options served (increasing availability) or altering prices can increase sales of vegetarian meals. Our work is one of the finalists in a global Solution Search for behavioural approaches to mitigating climate change

I have discussed my research in outreach events including the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Soapbox Science, Earth Optimism and the Cambridge Science Festival. More generally, I am interested in understanding how to overcome economic, social and psychological barriers to sustainable resource use.

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PhD Student

Contact Details

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
01223 (3)36670

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Behaviour Change