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2020-Senior Lecturer in Zoology, University of Roehampton
2017-2020 Lecturer in Zoology, University of Roehampton
2017NERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2013-2016ERC-funded Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2013Analysis Assitant, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford
2009-2012NERC PhD Student, ZSL Institute of Zoology and Imperial College London
2008Field Team Leader, ZSL Tsaobis Baboon Project, Namibia
2004-2008BSc in Biology with a Year in Research, Imperial College London

Research interests

I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding the ecology and evolution of social animals, and using this knowledge to inform their conservation and management.  Specifically my interests include exploring how:

  • the costs and benefits of sociality vary between group members
  • individuals difference in behaviour, health and fitness and develop and are maintained
  • these individual differences affect group- and population level patterns
  • this information can inform human society in fields such as wildlife conservation, evolutionary medicine and teamwork.

Research projects

My research uses data collected from wild social animals such as banded mongooses, chacma baboons and short-finned pilot whales.  It uses a mixture of direct observation, field experiments and laboratory analysis of samples collected in the field - particularly stable isotope analysis and currently comes under four broad areas:

External positions

Guest Editor, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B

15 Apr 2019

Editor, Animal Behaviour

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020