I completed my PhD in July 2016. It focused on human-wildlife conflict and the spread of Japanese Knotweed in the UK. Japanese Knotweed is a highly invasive plant that can cause widespread economic and environmental problems. Using an inter-disciplinary approach the research explored anthropogenic processes contributing towards plant invasions in human-dominated landscapes, how invasive plants are managed in domestic gardens, the impacts invasive plants can have, and possible long-term sustainable solutions to challenges invasive plants present.
On completing my PhD I started work for a Wildlife Conservation charity called WildTeam. In a nutshell, we give conservationists the skills to design and deliver amazing conservation projects that help to save more wildlife. We design best practices, we don’t re-invent the wheel we just combine what works really well into a straightforward and practical approach. We have a sister charity in Bangladesh with whom we design and test these methods. We run workshops, have online courses and provide a consultancy service, working with wildlife conservation charities all over the world, helping them tailor what they’ve learnt in the training courses to the specific challenges of their conservation projects. You can find out more about us at www.wildteam.org.uk.