My interests in ornithology have evolved from a lifelong fascination of the natural world. While studying for my undergraduate degree in Zoology, I gained a more detailed understanding of avian behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation. From brood parasitism in the common cuckoo to sexual selection and lekking of capercaillie, I found the topic fascinating in its entirety.
I then went on to complete my Master’s in Biological Photography and Imaging. This allowed me to combine my passions of zoology, photography, and science communication. Among many other specialist techniques, I carried out scanning electron and fluorescence microscopy. I also learned how to utilise 3D modelling tools to create digital models of biological subjects.
After a brief stint with the RSPB in North Yorkshire, I joined the Macrobird research group as an RA to record bill morphology and photograph plumage colour. I look forward to contributing to the team’s research, as well as discovering more about this fascinating area of evolutionary biology.
2013 – 2014: MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, University of Nottingham
2010 – 2013: BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Leeds