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 the weird and wonderful consequences of 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.