I am a PhD candidate at the University of Stirling, funded by NERC IAPETUS; I am interested in how to effectively mitigate the effects of anthropogenic forces on species and ecosystems, particularly through habitat restoration. During my undergraduate degree I spent a semester in Australia and during a field-trip took part in a long-term study of strategies to promote biodiversity on a cattle farm which helped spark my interest in the effects of land use and conservation in human-dominated landscapes. My MRes project focused on the spatial distribution of roadkill and how this was influenced by an urban-rural gradient
My current research investigates the effect of landscape context on woodland use by bats. I will be investigating how land use change affects long term bat population trends using bat box data, with a particular focus on the impacts of deforestation and expansion of other habitats on different species. I will also be conducting fieldwork to measure bat activity across landscapes with different woodland cover and configuration.