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I am a Scottish marine biologist and conservationist. The recipient of a Carnegie PhD Scholarship, I am currently pursuing a PhD at the University of St Andrews. My research focuses on the cultural evolution of humpback whale song in the Northern Atlantic and South Pacific oceans.
I received my Master in Science degree from the University of Glasgow for which I was awarded the Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Excellence in Marine Science.
I have worked with a diverse range of fauna with a common theme of utilising non-invasive research technologies for animal behaviour research and conservation monitoring including utilising bioacoustics to aid conservation of threatened water bird and seal species in Scotland.
My work in conservation policy, with Scottish Natural Heritage, led the implementation of remote time-lapse photography to monitor seabirds at colony in the Northern Isles of Scotland, which unearthed unknown behaviour patterns.
My enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research has brought together researchers from biology, music and philosophy to create collaborative studies of both human and nonhuman cultures.
My passion for public engagement and diversity in science is evident in my extensive voluntary work across Scotland and abroad, notably with the Dundee Science Centre, Wild Bannockburn, and co-organising the 2018 International Women and Girls in Science Lecture at the University of St Andrews.
I am a National Geographic Explorer as a 2019 National Geographic Early Career Grantee.