I am a postgraduate researcher in the Crop and Environment Sciences Department at Harper Adams. My PhD project looks at the ecology of springtails (Collembola) in agroecosystems, I explore the responses of this group of six legged soil-dwelling arthropods to different agricultural techniques. I have worked with Simon Leather, Ivan Grove, Paula Misiewicz and Simon Jeffery within the department, following a successful viva I am currently writing thesis corrections.
My wider interests are invertebrate ecology, taxonomy and specimen curation, agroecology, soil biodiversity, biological recording and natural history. Prior to my PhD I studied UCert in Biological Recording & Identification at the University of Birmingham, then BSc Ecology & Environmental Biology and MRes Entomology at Imperial College London.
I am module tutor on Harper Adams MSc Entomology modules: C7009 Biology & Taxonomy of Insects, C7011 Diversity & Evolution of Insects and C7041 Experimental Design & Analysis. I assist with teaching in entomology laboratory practicals and statistical computing exercises and I lecture on insect specimen preservation and soil biodiversity. I also teach entomology on the British Ecological Society's annual Undergraduate Summer School and the BBSRC-funded CROPPS Summer School.
In 2017 I was awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Eduation Academy.
I am a STEM ambassador and regularly take part in outreach activities at Harper Adams including the Children's University, the Harper Adams Experience, Explore University and Higher Horizons+. I have also supervised CREST project students from schools in Newport, Shropshire. In 2016 I helped organise the first ever entomology conference for schools and colleges, EntoSci16, on the Harper Adams campus and I am currently helping to organise EntoSci18.
I have organised entomological outreach events since 2012, including a BioBlitz at Imperial College's Silwood Park campus and the annual Minibeast Adventure at the Dorothy Clive Garden, as part of the Royal Entomological Society's National Insect Week. I am also involved in outreach behind the scenes at the Society coordinating social media, writing website content and organising stands at science fairs such as The Big Bang.