I communicate and collaborate to create conservation success.
I’m a conservation social scientist and a science communicator. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a large range of nature conservation projects all over the world, from seabird monitoring in Malta to cheetah conservation in Namibia. With a PhD in Biodiversity Management and a decade of experience as a conservation professional, I’m serious about protecting nature. I am first and foremost a scientist, but use evidence-based recommendations to support my communications.
Skilled in strategic written, verbal and visual communications, I use the power of words, voice and images to engage, inspire and inform.
My written communication portfolio spans academic publications such as journal articles and book chapters to press articles for the general public, as well as science communication on Twitter. Having worked at the science-policy interface at NGOs and in academia, I have experience writing policy briefings as well as formulating and undertaking strategic communications with policymakers to achieve set advocacy objectives.
I’m an expert verbal communicator too, where I tailor my message to the desired audience and objective. As a professional spokesperson, I’m trained in delivering succinct conservation messages via TV, radio and print interviews. I’ve given oral evidence in the House of Commons and organised regular meetings with MPs and Ministers to advocate for science-based policy change. Being passionate about engagement and outreach, I also frequently give talks and presentations to local and national audiences both about my own work and on tips for how people can become more sustainable in their daily lives.
I also take photos. Almost all the images on this website were taken by me – except if there’s one with me in it (like the ones on this page) then chances are someone else took it.
I’m a big fan of using social science to understand, inform and improve sustainable development interventions. Having given training workshops, written journal articles and book chapters on the topic, I’m happy to help you with your conservation social science problem.
My research interests include sustainable agriculture and diets, socio-ecological systems, human-wildlife conflict, carnivore conservation, sustainable development, community-based conservation, sustainable use/consumption and participatory methods. I make sure my research is collaborative so that the end result is useful, applicable and impactful.
If you’re interested in working with me on any conservation research or communication project, please get in touch!