My research previously has been quite broad, I've generally been involved with anything to do with reptiles and amphibians. The two mains areas of these have been infectious diseases and population monitoring, which are intrinsically linked. These can be reflected in my knowledge/skill set, publications and blog posts (that can be found on my blog). I have been slowly moving more towards the infectious disease side of things over the past couple of years due to my growing interest in the subject, such as the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Now, as part of my PhD I'm working on ophidiomycosis (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola), formerly known as snake fungal disease, and how it plays a part in population dynamics of barred grass snakes (Natrix helvetica). My previous research interests have really helped to carve a path for me follow, providing me with the skills needed to complete my PhD.
I'm also very interested in the non-native and introduced amphibian and reptile species that can be found in the UK. This includes such amphibians as the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) and the alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris), especially in terms of disease transmission to native species.
Conferences & Meetings
As a researcher, I enjoy going to conferences and meetings in order to hear about research other scientists in my field are currently undertaking. It is also a great chance to network with potential collaborators or learn about a new piece of software or a technique that can be applied to your own study. Below is a list of all of the conferences and meetings I have attended in chronological order.
The devourer of newts: a novel chytrid fungus on Britain’s doorstep (London, UK)
Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) 2015 (Cambridge, UK)
International Conference on Rainforest Ecology, Diversity and Conservation in Borneo (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)
Joint Scientific Meeting (Dublin, Ireland)
Venom Day 2015 (Bangor, UK)
Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2016 (Oxford, UK)
Tackling emerging fungal threats to animal health, food security and ecosystem resilience (London, UK)
Climate and cold blood: Reptile responses to past and present climate change (London, UK)
Venom Day 2016 (Bangor, UK)
18th CCF Annual Symposium (Cambridge, UK)✝
Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2017 (Nottingham, UK)
London Freshwater Group AGM 2017 (London, UK)
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2017 (Cambridge, UK)
Conserving the mountain chicken frog: the impact of chytridiomycosis under scrutiny (London, UK)
Earth Optimism (Cambridge, UK)
Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) 2017 (Canterbury, UK)
Venom Day 2017 (Bangor, UK)
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2017 (Bournemouth, UK)*
Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2018 (Northampton, UK)*
Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland: Current Research, Future Challenges (Glasgow, UK)
Froglife Toad Summit (Peterborough, UK)
TetZooCon 2018 (London, UK)*
20th Young Systematists’ Forum (London, UK)
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2018 (Bournemouth, UK)
Venom Day 2018 (Bangor, UK)
Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2019 (Stoke-on-Trent, UK)
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
CEEDA Symposium 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
Mitigating single pathogen and co-infections that threaten amphibian biodiversity (London, UK)
TetZooCon 2019 (London, UK)
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2019 (Bournemouth, UK)
Venom Day 2019 (Bangor, UK)
9th World Congress of Herpetology (Dunedin, New Zealand)*✝
Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2019 (Southport, UK)
CEEDA Symposium 2020 (London, UK)✝
* denotes a conference where I presented some of my research in a talk or presentation.
✝ denotes a conference where I presented some of my research in the form of a poster.