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Department of Zoology



I received a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2011. After taking a year out to work for the NHS, I then went on to complete my masters degree in Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate, also at the University of Warwick, in 2013. My masters thesis was concerned with assessing the carbon footprint and environmental impacts of the salmon aquaculture industry in Scotland.

Most recently I have been working for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff as an environmental consultant. I produced and coordinated many different environmental assessments mainly for large infrastructure projects. I was the environment manager for the South East Section of Crossrail and subsequently worked on large Highways England projects and an international solid waste scheme in Moldova.

In October 2016 I undertook a BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership under the theme of food security.

My supervisor is Dr David Aldridge.


My current research interest is 'Synthetic Ecology', the idea that by being able to manipulate certain components of an ecosystem you can alter the properties of the climax community.  This might, for example, allow us to gain clear water (i.e. standard biomanipulation), move a system towards a lipid rich algal community for biofuel production, or create conditions that are particularly favourable or unfavourable for a threatened or invasive organism. 

I am currently working on a proof of concept in collaboration with the plant sciences department. In which I am attempting to manipulate algal communities towards a predictable end point by using zebra mussels and a range of controlled environmental conditions.


Key publications: 

Reynolds, S.A., Davey, M.P. & Aldridge, D.C. Harnessing Synthetic Ecology for commercial algae production. Sci Rep 9, 9756 (2019).

PhD Student

Contact Details

CCI David Attenborough Building