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Research interests

I am a conservation ecologist, with particular research interests in behavioural ecology, conservation physiology and bioacoustics.

Current Research Projects:

The impact of electric fences on ground pangolins (Smutsia temminckii)

Human-leopard interactions and implications for conservation

• Conserving white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) in South Africa

• Context-specific vocal communication in the White-handed gibbons

Building a future for Malagasy Amphibians

Scholarly biography

I graduated with a First Class (Hons) BSc in Biological Science from the University of Bristol in 2011. My subsequent master’s degree in Ecology and Conservation was jointly supervised by University of Bristol and Bristol Zoological Society. This research focused on how amphibian populations are affected by anthropogenic disturbance, and was conducted in conjunction with an EAZA-funded conservation project to survey Madagascar’s herpetofauna and identify actions to protect it. Following this, I worked as a research assistant for the University of Neuchâtel, studying context-specific vocal communication in white-handed gibbons in Thailand in 2014, before joining the University of Brighton’s Rhino Conservation project in 2015 as a PhD student. For my PhD, I investigated the biological impact of dehorning on the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and evaluated novel anti-poaching tactics. In 2018, I joined the University of Brighton as a lecturer in ecology and conservation working within the Ecology, Conservation and Zoonosis Research Group.

Approach to teaching

I teach across a range of biological sciences pathways with a focus on conservation, ecology and quantitative methods. This includes the teaching of students on Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, specifically those undertaking degrees in Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Ecology, and Pharmacy. 

Much of my teaching focuses on research methods and data analysis, particularly the teaching of statistics to biological and biomedical science students (Modules: Foundation Study Skills, Essential Skills For Bioscientists; Research skills and professional development).

I teach across a range of biological displicines including in both terrestrial and marine ecology, behavioural ecology and wildlife conservation (Modules: Foundation Biology; Diversity of Life; Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology; Introduction to Ecology & Conservation; Terrestrial Ecosystems; Introduction to Marine Biology and Ecology; Managing Populations in Ecology and Conservation; Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems; Hot Topics in Ecology & Conservation; Issues in Ecology and Conservation). I am also involved with project supervision (MRes Research Project).


Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the following areas: behavioural ecology; conservation physiology; bioacoustics; herpetology; human-wildlife conflict.

Current PhD supervision:
Lea Stracquadanio - The impact of electric fences on ground pangolins
Eve Hills - Human-wildlife conflict in East African Leopards

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Bristol

1 Oct 20111 Jun 2013

Award Date: 1 Jun 2013

Bachelor, University of Bristol

1 Oct 20081 Jul 2011

Award Date: 11 Jul 2011

PhD, University of Brighton

1 Oct 20151 Nov 2019


  • QL Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Conservation Science
  • Behaviour
  • Bioacoustics


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