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A behavioural ecologist with an extensive project management and fieldwork portfolio, I am interested in how animals acquire and use information for decision making. For example, how their perception of reward values and the trade-offs they choose to make, (e.g. between time, energy and information), affect their behaviour and relate to their ecological circumstances. 

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My current focus in on improving our understanding of the information birds use to make nest building decisions.

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June 2013: SULSA Leaders award– £15,567.88

This funding was awarded based on the candidates leadership potential. It supports their personal development through training, work placements and grant writing time.


Dec 2013: Prince 2 practitioner (project management).

June 2010: PhD, The University of Edinburgh, UK: Factors influencing the foraging decisions of Rufous Hummingbirds.

June 2005: B.Sc. (Hons), 2/1, Geography with Biology. The University of Durham, UK.

Key Skills:

  • Project management
  • International/ interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Leadership, including: supervision and mentoring of students and junior colleges
  • Design and implementation of field and laboratory experiments
  • Behavioural ecology/ animal behaviour and decision making
  • Data analysis
  • Scientific writing/ publication in peer reviewed journals
  • Public and media engagement 
  • Dissemination of research through social media
  • Innovation e.g. novel uses of technology such as pattern recognition software 

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