I am a PhD student at the University of St Andrews researching decision making in animals. I study the foraging decisions of rufous hummingbids in the wild, and the foraging and egg-laying decisions of a species of parasitoid wasp in the lab under the supervision of Dr Susan Healy and Dr David Shuker. My research is funded by the BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership.
I received a BSc(Hons) in International Wildlife Biology from the University of South Wales, where my thesis focused on stereotypical behaviour in captive giraffes across several wildlife attractions in the UK. Following this, I completed my MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Queen’s University Belfast, where my thesis was based on spatial cognition in elephantnose fish.
Outside of my research, I am an active STEM ambassador and the talk coordinator for the University of St Andrews BioNetwork. I also run a behavioural ecology journal club, and assist in a statistics-based module for undergraduate students.