I am an ecologist and zoologist, and have recently focused my research in tropical forest habitats. I completed my Master of Research degree in Tropical Forest Ecology at Imperial College London in September of 2017. My research interests thus far have focused primarily on the topics of animal-plant interactions, dispersal ecology, and ecosystem engineering.
Madagascar My masters thesis entitled "Does anthropogenic disturbance affect the diversity and size of seeds dispersed by lemurs?" was completed in August of 2017. For this research project I collected faecal samples from four diurnal lemur species in Ranomafana National Park across a gradient of anthropogenic disturbance. I also led a 10-day research expedition to an isolated rainforest fragment to collect lemur faecal samples. I extracted the seeds from the faeces and taxonomically and morphologically processed the seeds individually at the Centre ValBio lab.
I am currently working on publishing a section of my thesis which will detail seed dispersal by Lemur catta, the ring-tailed lemur, in a novel rainforest habitat that has yet to be described in the published literature. This research is exciting as it will be the first documented instance of L. catta in a tropical rainforest environment, as this species ordinarily inhabits dry deciduous forests and spiny bush, brush, and scrublands.
Recent Past Research Experience
Malaysian Borneo The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project is one of the world's largest ongoing ecological experiments. I took part on a 3-week field course which involved the taxonomic ID of plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates, and involved hands-on experience designing, collecting, and handling ecological, biogeochemical, and biodiversity data. I received valuable experience conducting research in both the secondary and primary rainforest environments.
South Africa For myundergraduate dissertation research at the University of St Andrews, I collected data in the Greater Kruger National Park on African elephant (Loxodonta africana) damage to woody plants. Trees and shrubs were identified to the species, and damage to them by elephants was scored through time to investigate their role as ecosystem engineers in the bushveld.