First and foremost, I am a biologist. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2014, panicked for almost a year, and then worked in veterinary parasitology for 18 months. I am concerned about climate change, food security, and the effects humans are having on biodiversity. I am a firm believer in ‘less but better’ meat (i.e. organic/pasture fed) as current global meat consumption is unsustainable and is contributing to detrimental wildlife loss as well as the climate crisis.
I started a PhD in October 2017 entitled ‘farmer attitudes towards on-site measures of mitigating for water pollution from agriculture’. This is very much a change of discipline (from biology to social science/physical science/politics!). It’s a very interdisiplinary project and I am using both social science methods including focus groups and interviews as well as carrying out sediment fingerprinting, a geophysical approach to determining where sediment pollution is originating. I decided to embark on this project as I hope to carry out broader research which may lead to positive impacts on the environment. As well as my PhD I am a researcher for an innovative farmers trial, where I’m testing soil health on farms which have adopted minimum till and cover cropping for the experiment.
I tend to write about the environment, PhD progress, and my biology-related passions (including bats). I may also write the odd post about travel as this is what I spend all my money on! I decided to start a blog because I enjoy writing, science communication, and I believe that the dissemination of engaging science is vital for raising awareness about global issues.
Feel free to have a peruse through my blog, and please get in touch if you’d like to feature on my blog or if you have any questions about my articles.