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Overview

I have a keen interest in human-wildlife interactions and how these shape opinions of species and support for conservation. My research area involves reviewing social aspects of human-wildlife conflict to create conservation-based solutions to mitigate conflict to allow for coexistence. I believe that the social aspect of plays a key role within conservation and should be used as more of a standard for success when review reintroductions and other conservation efforts.

I am co-chair of Friends of Robinswood Hill volunteer group who help with conservation efforts and community engagement with nature on Robinswood Hill and Gloucester. I am also involved with a community orchard and natural space project in Hempstead, Gloucester.

Research interests

I am interested in human wildlife interactions and how these shape conflict or coexistence within a world with an increasing human population and increasing awareness of the need to conserve.

I keen to understand and evaluate management and conflict mitigation strategies, working to decolonise wildlife management and involve local populations in solutions.

I am interested in the collection and use of citizen science to create large datasets and the reliability of this data.

Current research includes:

Conflicts surrounding wild boar within the Forest of Dean, UK

Scent fencing and their efficacy

Issues and opportunities surrounding dog walking and wildlife conservation

Evaluating the effects of light pollution on lepidoptera and the consequences of current streetlight technology in the UK.

Current teaching

I have experience of teaching students across a broad range of subjects and academic levels from foundation (level 3) through to masters (level 7). I have experience module leading in:

  • Animal Health and Disease (L4) (2019-2021)
  • Applied Animal Health and Disease (L5) (2019- present)
  • Animal trade and Welfare (L6) (2019-present)
  • Epidemiology (L6) (2019-2021)
  • Conservation Biology (L5) (2021-present)
  • Wildlife Conflict (L7) (2020-present)
  • Postgraduate Independent Study (L7) (2021-present)

I am part of/have been part of module teams for:

  • Foundation Biological Principles (L3) (2019-2020)
  • Fundamental Skills for Applied Animal Science with Therapy (L4) (2019-2020)
  • Fundamental Skills for Zoology (L4) (2021-present)
  • Conservation biology (L5) (2020-2021)
  • Undergraduate Research Process (L5) (2020-present)
  • Supervisor for Undergraduate Independent Report (L5) (2020-present)

As well as guest lecturing for modules:

  • Anthrozoology
  • Contemporary issues in Anthrozoology

Undergraduate dissertation supervision (2019-present). This role involves mentoring students through their proposal creation, ethical approval, data collection and writing of their dissertation.

Tutoring of 1st year through to 2nd year students on BSc Applied Animal Science with Therapy programme (2019-2021) and 2nd year students on BSc Zoology programme (2021-present).

Education/Academic qualification

Level 7 Academic Practice Apprenticeship, University of Gloucestershire

20202022

PGCAP, University of Gloucestershire

20202021

Wildlife Management and Conservation, MSc, University of Reading

20132014

Zoology, BSc, University of Reading

20102013

PhD, Oxford Brookes University

2016 → …

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