Social Science Officer
I joined the Chester Zoo team in April 2017 as Scientific Assistant and was promoted to the position of Social Science Officer in March 2018. I work closely with our Discovery and Learning, Field Programmes and Animal teams on a range of research seeking to better understand and maximise the role of zoos in conservation education.
My main area of research interest is in understanding the interplay between knowledge, attitude and behaviour and how we as conservationists can use this to implement effective conservation education programmes both here at Chester Zoo and with our partner organisations in the field. I am also interested in how culture, religion and human evolution impact our attitudes towards nature and our willingness to act.
Prior to this, I completed my M.Sc. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. The focus of my research was modelling how local biodiversity typically responds to human pressures. I also hold a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Manchester.