My first word was 'spider', and ever since I have been fascinated by the natural world. I was privileged to spend my early childhood in Zimbabwe surrounded by a fantastic diversity of wildlife. Later on, I studied Zoology at the University of Bristol and I loved it, so I stayed on to work as a research assistant for a while, and then I was awarded a University of Bristol post-graduate Scholarship to carry out my Ph.D research.
After 6 years of being a summer migrant to sub-Saharan Africa to carry out my Ph.D and post-doctoral fieldwork, I have recently swapped roles from being a summer migrant to instead study summer migrant birds whilst they are visiting the UK. My current position is a NERC-funded Associate Research Fellow based at the university of Cambridge, UK, and my research focus is studying coevolution between common cuckoos and their hosts.
In my spare time, I travel to observe and photograph the wildlife of the world whenever possible. I also take great pleasure in the fantastic nature on my doorstep here in sunny Cambridgeshire. So I tweet and blog about wildlife and natural history, as well as my academic interests.