My research is generally multi-disciplinary, combining ecology with genetics and disease surveillance in wild amphibians and reptiles. These can be directly reflected in my knowledge/skill set and my publications. I have been involved with projects surveying native and non-native species for the presence of infectious diseases such as the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) since 2016. Between 2018 and 2022 as part of my PhD, I studied the occurrence and impacts of ophidiomycosis (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola), formerly known as snake fungal disease, in a population of barred grass snakes (Natrix helvetica), as well as studying the snake's population dynamics.

I am also very interested in the non-native and introduced amphibian and reptile species that can be found in the UK, and what impacts these may be having on our native species. This includes such amphibians as the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans) and the alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris), both of which I have worked with quite extensively. I have experience with bioacoustics of amphibians in both Europe and Asia, with this being one area of my research I would like to expand. Finally, I am captivated by iEcology and the data that can be mined from the internet, in order to illuminate the spread of invasive species or novel species interactions for example.

Conferences & Meetings

As a researcher, I enjoy attending conferences and meetings in order to hear about the current research that other scientists in my field are undertaking. I also attend attend conferences outside of my field of knowledge in order to see if there are any tools or methods that I can apply to my own research. These are a great chance to network with potential collaborators, as well as the sharing of ideas. Below is a list of most 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)
100th Cambridge Natural History Society Conversazione (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) 2020 (Southport, UK)
CEEDA Symposium 2020 (London, UK)✝
101st Cambridge Natural History Society Conversazione (Online)
47th Annual Kansas Herpetological Society Meeting 2020 (Online)✝
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2020 (Online)
TetZoomCon 2020 (Online)


Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2021 (Online)
102nd Cambridge Natural History Society Conversazione (Online)
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2021 (Online)*


Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2022 (Online)*
London Freshwater Group AGM 2022 (London, UK)*


Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2023 (Llandudno, UK)*
104th Cambridge Natural History Society Conversazione (Online)
22nd European Congress of Herpetology (Wolverhampton, UK)*
Chelonian Conservation and Welfare in Europe (Writtle, UK)
ARC/BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2023 (Bournemouth, UK)
TetZooCon 2023 (London, UK)*


Herpetofauna Workers Meeting (HWM) 2024 (Fareham, 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.