Address: Room E5,
Department of Zoology,
The Tinbergen Building,
South Parks Road,
Oxford, OX1 3PS
I work with the Aphid group providing a supporting role for a project on the evolutionary ecology of insect-bacterial interactions.
I completed my BSc in Zoology at the University of Wales, Swansea in 2004 and went on to study for a PGCE in Post-Complusory Education and Training. I worked in Bristol as a bird and invertebrate keeper at Bristol Zoo Gardens and an Animal Care Lecturer at Filton College before beginning an MSc in Veterinary Parasitology and Ecology at the University of Bristol in 2009.
My MSc project focused on anti-parasitic drugs administered to cattle and their effects on dung-breeding insects. I spent time identifying invertebrate colonizers of cattle dung and developed a keen interest in applied entomology, parasitology and community ecology.
On finishing my MSc I gained experience of working as a Field Research Assistant in Queensland, Australia for a NERC-funded evolutionary biology project, testing limits to adaptation along altitudinal gradients in rainforest Drosophila (D. birchii). I took up a full-time post here at Oxford in May 2013.