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Department of Zoology



I am a PhD student in the Insect Ecology Group at the University Museum of Zoology.

I graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2017, focusing on zoology in my final year. For my final-year research project, I investigated the relationship between biodiversity and wellbeing at a senior school in Canterbury, a project which was funded by a Partnership Grant from the Royal Society. I then completed an MSc in Human Evolution & Behaviour at UCL, during which I researched the origins of lethal conspecific violence in humans and other apes.

Aside from my research, I enjoy getting involved public engagement and writing about nature, conservation and ecology.


I am interested in the relationship between nature, human wellbeing and connection with the natural world, especially in children.

For my PhD, I'm researching green space in UK primary schools. I'm interested in what biodiversity is present in these spaces, whether this affects children's awareness of local wildlife and in parents' views on the importance of green space for children's wellbeing and learning.

My PhD is funded by NERC via the Cambridge Earth System Science DTP.


Key publications: 

Howlett, K. and Turner, E. C. 2022. 'Effects of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on parents' attitudes towards green space and time spent outside by children in Cambridgeshire and North London, United Kingdom'. People and Nature. 4:400–414. DOI:


In review:

Howlett, K., Lee, H.-Y., Jaffé, A., Lewis, M. and Turner, E. C. 'Wildlife documentaries present a diverse, but biased, portrayal of the natural world'.

PhD Student

Contact Details

Museum Room G.15
01223 (7)68919


Collaborator profiles: 
Person keywords: 
Nature connection
Insect ecology