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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2019, having specialised in Zoology. My undergraduate research project investigated thermal responses of UK butterflies and whether changing reserve management could mitigate against impacts of a warming climate on different species. This project was awarded the John Ray Trust Science Prize for the best research project within Natural Sciences.

Following this, I completed an internship at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), principally working on species distribution mapping and the development of a spatially explicit global layer of vulnerable soil carbon as part of the Nature Map project, which is developing an integrated biodiversity and carbon map to provide a prioritization tool for conservation and restoration. I subsequently worked with the RSPB on a range of projects including density estimates for Afro-Palearctic migrant birds in the Sahelian region of Burkina Faso and the effectiveness of Protected Areas within the UK over time.

I joined the Insect Ecology group in January 2020 working on unpicking the causes of decline of the Small Heath butterfly (Coenonympha pamphilus) within the UK.

My pronouns are he/him.

Research

My current research focuses on unpicking the causes of decline of the Small Heath butterfly (Coenonympha pamphilus), a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK-BAP) Priority Species for Research. For this I'm taking a dual approach of national-scale modelling using citizen-science data from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) combined with fieldwork on chalk grassland reserves to better understand the natural history of this species and how different anthropogenic pressures may contribute to C. pamphilus declines.

More broadly, my interests include spatial prioritization of conservation action and using trait-based approaches to design and test potential conservation interventions. I believe we have a responsibility to minimise negative impacts of humans on as many species as possible, irrespective of how popular, or useful they are, but that any action which comes with multiple benefits for humans and nature will lead to greater long-term gains for conservation.