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. My PhD thesis: Effects of land use on soil biodiversity: from local to global has recently been accepted subject to minor corrections. My PhD was funded by NERC through Imperial’s Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Programme and focused on soil and litter biodiversity, investigating how the composition of these communities respond to land use change. My research used a range of methods, including collating existing data using the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial System) framework to build global models of soil biodiversity responses to land use and soil properties. I also collected new data on soil invertebrate diversity in different land-use types in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK and on earthworms through my citizen science project – Earthworm Watch – developed in partnership with 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.