I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Reading, funded by the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution (QMEE). I am broadly interested in community ecology; the complex interactions between species, how populations can adapt and respond to change, and the resulting impacts on community structure and function.
My current research focuses on the role of pre-dispersal insect seed predators in maintaining plant community diversity. I am using long-term datasets of seed rain to model community dynamics and collecting information on individual plant species and their enemies in the field.
My previous research has seen me experimentally evolving phytoplankton in mesocosms, culturing bacteria from amphibian microbiomes and sequencing DNA from meltwater ponds in Antarctica.
I care about open and reproducible research practices. I serve on the media committee for the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology (SORTEE) and am an Open Research Champion at my University.
- MRes Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation, 2017
- BSc Zoology, 2016
University College London
University of Exeter