About

I completed a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University in 2011 followed by an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College London. I am now in the fourth year of my PhD research which focuses on soil and litter biodiversity, investigating how the composition of these communities respond to land use change. My PhD is funded by NERC through Imperial’s Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Programme and collates existing data using the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial System) framework, including extensive datasets from the Natural History Museum Soil Biodiversity Group, where my MSc project was based. I am also collecting new data on soil invertebrate and microbial diversity in different land-use types in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK and on earthworms through a citizen science project – Earthworm Watch – developed in partnership with the The Natural History Museum and Earthwatch Institute, in association with the Earthworm Society of Britain.  I am passionate about entomology and am Membership Administrator for the Amateur Entomologists’ Society in addition to being a trustee for the Charity.