I grew up in England, spending a lot of my childhood in the woodland behind our house. It was here, and from my mum, that I developed my love for wildlife and our environment. We had a home full of animals and a back garden with even more. I was encouraged to look after and respect nature. From a young age I knew that I wanted to work to protect our planet and its wildlife.
I have travelled extensively; visiting over 30 countries, witnessing some of nature's most spectacular creations, from the biggest rainforest to the largest waterfall, some of its most amazing animals, and not forgetting some of the planets' most amazing human inhabitants as well.
I gained my Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Keele in England, where I had my first experience of working with primates: a group of Barbary Macaques that I spent 2 months studying. I went on to study at Edinburgh for my Masters degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, focusing on the critically-endangered Scottish wildcat.
Over the past 10 years I have worked with everything from birds and invertebrates to mammals: from the cold Scottish Highlands to the steamy Amazon Rainforest. But it was Costa Rica that really stole my heart. After working there in 2015, setting up a new conservation project I never wanted to leave! Whilst in Costa Rica I learnt about some of the gaps in research and developed my own PhD project on the endangered spider monkey and the Osa Biological Corridor. This year I started my PhD studies at Imperial College London and am about to undertake my field research. In addition to my PhD research I am also developing a number of sustainable livelihoods projects and have my own wildlife photography exhibition in the region.
I truly hope that my projects improve wildlife protection on the Osa Peninsula and that I am able to deliver improvements on-the-ground and carry this forward in the future.
'An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment'- David Attenborough
1. To ensure that our research is applicable, inclusive, focuses on key species and ecosystems and translates research into practice.
2. To work towards sustainable development, support alternative livelihoods for local communities, alleviate pressure on natural resources and improve the social and economic welfare of local people.
3. To support environmental education for children and communities in our study areas.
To work to protect and restore ecosystems in biodiverse and threatened regions, through innovative scientific studies and sustainable development projects that focus on local communities.