My research focuses at the interface of species interactions, ecosystem functioning, and anthropogenic disturbances across the tropics. I have a particular interest in field-based research and entomology with applied questions. More specifically I’ve a keen interest and expertise in dung beetles which I’ve worked on in Borneo and Colombia for the last eight years, including the discovery of Ontherus felicitae.
My PhD, based at the University of Leeds, focused on the impact of selective logging and conversion to oil palm plantations on the ecosystem functions of species – specifically focusing on dung beetles and birds.
I am now a lead postdoctoral researcher on the PARAMO (Provisioning of ecosystem services and cultural values in the montane tropics) project based at the University of Sheffield. I use field data and spatial analyses to identify synergies and trade-offs between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, and cultural values in fragmented ecosystems in the Colombian Andes. This work aims to develop ecologically and culturally sensitive conservation options to enhance conservation in montane environments.
Beyond work I love being outdoors, hiking, travelling and experiencing the world. I’m a massive HITT class fan, and I love ultimate frisbee! I also love photography and spending time with my children but in particular being able to share time, laughter and experiences with my family and friends is really important to me.