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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 

Field Work


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. 


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. 


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