I am a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science. I am a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). I gained recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in March 2021.
My background is in Environmental Consultancy, where I ran my own professional ecological consultancy company for many years. I have strong links to industry, in particular the mineral development sector, and project management of multidisciplinary teams, co-coordinating Ecological Impact Assessments.
I am passionate about embedding employability within my teaching and enabling my students to develop the transferable skills needed by employers in the environmental sector.
My research interests are in habitat enhancement and creation, working in partnership with third parties to achieve biodiversity net gain of degraded habitats.
I was very proud to lead a research team of staff and students in the Heidelberg Materials Quarry Life Award research stream competition in 2021. Our project on sand lizard breeding sites in Dorset, with a focus on habitat creation within sand quarries, won the International Award for Habitats and Species and the national award. The prize money from these awards has facilitated paid summer research internships in environmental science for graduating Bath Spa students.
- BSc (Hons)
- FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM)
- Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
- Society of the Environment
- Chartered Institute of Ecology
- Environmental Management
- British Ecological Society
Areas of expertise
- Wildlife Conservation
- Environmental Science
- Habitat Restoration and Creation
- eDNA applications to biodiversity surveys
My public engagement work has stemmed from my research interests in habitat creation and enhancement. I was invited to give a presentation to the Institute of Quarrying in February 2023 where I talked about our important research at Bath Spa on sand lizard breeding sites.
I also took part in the very first Somerset Science Festival in May 2023, where I gave a talk on Biodiversity – a message of hope. We are planning to take part in the 2024 Somerset Science Festival in conjunction with colleagues from the School of Science.