Research student, School of Biosciences
I’m interested in using molecular techniques to address conservation questions. My PhD research involves fieldwork in Mauritius where I work closely with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
On Mauritian islands, non-native giant tortoises have been introduced as ecological analogues as a component of long-term and large-scale restoration projects. The aim of my research is to assess the impact that these tortoises have on the plant community and on two endemic vertebrate species of conservation concern. To do this, I pair vegetation data with dietary data obtained through DNA metabarcoding. This technique allows identification of taxa present in faecal samples in order to begin constructing highly detailed food webs. Prior to my PhD, I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Sussex and an MRes in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. I was also assistant project manager of the Cardiff University Otter Project – a project that uses otter cadavers for a wide range of research including ecotoxicology and parasitology.