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
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
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.
Ecuador - Worked 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.
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:
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
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
International Primatology Society
Primate Society of Great Britain