As Scientific Assistant I am involved in a variety of zoo research projects, but I primarily work with Conservation Social Scientist Andy Moss, developing and trialling new methods of evaluating the effectiveness of our conservation education programs both here at the zoo and in the community.
Prior to this I spent a number of years working as a technical consultant for a Manchester based software firm before completing my M.Sc. in Ecology and Conservation at Imperial College London. The focus of my research project was modelling how local biodiversity typically responds to human pressures, in particular I looked at the impact of agricultural abandonment and reforestation, along with the economic and social drivers of such land-use change. I also hold a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Manchester.