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CV

Appointments

2014 – present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

2013 - 2014

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Department of Bioclinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Kuwait University, Kuwait

Education

2008 – 2012

PhD Adaptive Organismal Biology, University of Manchester, UK

2007 – 2008

MSc Biomechanics, University of Manchester, UK  

2004 – 2007

BSc Zoology (Hons), University of Manchester, UK 

Field Work

2013

Côte d'Ivoire - A month long research period at the Taï National Park in the Ivory Coast. This involved data collection on the mechanical properties of a wide variety of foods consumed by primate species. In conjunction with this I helped train researchers present at the research site in biomechanical principles and how these can be applied to feeding ecology. 

2012

EcuadorWorked on the University of Manchester’s two Ecuador field courses. I was responsible for supervising and mentoring of undergraduate students throughout the course. I was also heavily involved in the on-the-ground logistics and day-to-day running of the course.

2009 – 2010

Indonesia - A yearlong field season for my PhD in Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia. During this period I was responsible for planning and execution of data collection and experimental work, logistics of project, employment of staff involved in project, budget management and data collection. 

2009 and 2011

Belize - Conducted research  with a University of Manchester research team. Projects I was involved in varied from community genetics of orchids to the  fracture mechanics of tree branches. I also undertook a role of supervising and mentoring undergraduate students during their research projects. This included the planning and maintaining of a high standard of field research in biodiversity and ecology. 

2004

Peru - Living and working in a wildlife reserve in the Peruvian jungle, where biodiversity surveys and reserve maintenance were the daily tasks. This experience has equipped me with valuable field skills that are relevant in a sometime inhospitable and foreign environment.

Poster and Oral Presentations

I have presented the finding of my work and that of others to the wider scientific community in oral and poster form at but not limited to: 

  • Iranian and Kuwaiti Joint Congress of International Association of Dental Research 2013
  • International Primatology Society Congresses 2008 and 2012
  • Primate Society of Great Britain Summer meet 2011
  • Manchester Organismal Biology Symposium 2012 

Research Impact and Public Engagement

Research conducted on nest building in orangutans was internationally reported on, generating a large degree of media attention.  Two example of such interest are this sciencedaily article http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120417080346.htm and a BBC Nature article http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17730971.  

An investigation into sonation in the common snipe attracted media attention and was the focus of a BBC Science and Nature article. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10088290

My co-authored paper on stresses and modes of failure in tree branches and other beams received media attention and was the subject of a BBC news article.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8416597.stm

I have been involved in several public engagement events aimed at engaging and exciting the public with science and technology, these include


  • CSI Manchester at the Manchester science festival
  • The Aquatic Life of Manchester at the Jodrell Bank summer science festival
  • Work conducted at the BBC’s 'Bang goes the theory road show' event at Manchester museum of Science and Industry. 

I have also been involved with the Sumatran Orangutan Society in the creation of a Schools pack for children between the ages of 7 to 11. The work sheet entitled “The orangutan nest cookbook” was aimed at helping the children learn about the process of orangutan nest building. The resource can be found at http://www.orangutans-sos.org/schools/7-11

Professional Memberships

International Primatology Society

Primate Society of Great Britain