I have always been fascinated with wildlife and the great outdoors from a very young age; which probably stems from being dragged on very long dog walks with my Mum across the rolling South Downs as a child. My passion for the natural world took me to the University of Bristol where I completed a degree in Biology. I thoroughly enjoyed the course; in particular, twelve weeks of lab-based research involved in undertaking my final year research project, stood out as being the most rewarding part of my degree and initiated my interest in research.
I relocated from Bristol to the big smoke of London to take up a Research Technician role at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). I held this position for approximately four years supporting the research of the Centre for Animal Welfare (CAW), primarily working on a five-year grant investigating the effects of intensive farming on the social behaviour and stress physiology of domestic pigs and fowl. I absolutely loved my time at the RVC but in 2011 I relocated to beautiful Cornwall to do an Animal Care Internship at the Seal Sanctuary. I will always cherish the opportunity this gave me to help rehabilitate rescued wild seal pups and release them back into their natural environment.
In 2012, I joined the Centre of Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus as a Research Technician managing the Burying Beetle lab, using beetles as a model species to research the co-evolution of mating behaviour and parental care. Despite the smelly morbid life history of the burying beetle (they raise their larvae in carrion!) I found the research fascinating. Outside of research, I relish everything Cornwall has to offer; from coastal walks to sea swimming and surfing. I joined Cultural Minds in August 2015 and I am very happy to be involved in such an exciting project!