Lecturer in Entomology (2018-present)

  • Crop & Environment Sciences Department, Harper Adams University, UK

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor Mark Robertson (2014-2017)

  • Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Endeavour Visiting Fellow with Professor James Cook (February to August 2014) 

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia

Research Assistant (2006)                                                                                                    

  • Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford University, UK

Research Assistant (2004)     

  • Savannah Research Project, Frontier, Tanzania


PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Reading (2008-2013)  

  • Thesis: Ant diversity, coexistence and myrmecophyte interactions in Namibia, supervised by Dr Mark Fellowes and Professor James Cook

MSc. Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity, Imperial College and the Natural History Museum, London (2007-2008)

  • Dissertation: Bergmann’s rule and sampling bias: a case study using parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea), supervised by Professor Donald Quicke

BSc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences, Lancaster University (2001-2004)

  • Dissertation on ‘The role of subtilases as pro-protein convertases in specific plant families’

 Fellowships and awards

  • 2016: Postdoctoral Fellowship (£17,943), National Research Foundation, South Africa
  • 2016: Small Grants and Biodiversity Surveys (£60,290), National Research Foundation, South Africa
  • 2016: Data Mobilization Grant for Museum Visits (£3,458), South African National Biodiversity Institute
  • 2016: Data Mobilization Grant for Digitization (£11,445), South African National Biodiversity Institute
  • 2016: Citizen Science Outreach Grant (£400), Royal Entomological Society, UK
  • 2016: Travel Grant for ATBC Meeting (£400), Royal Entomological Society, UK
  • 2015: Scientific Research Grant (£4,700), National Geographic Society, USA
  • 2015: Exploration Fund Grant (£800), The Explorers Club, USA
  • 2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship (£18,000), University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2014: Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (£12,400), Australian Government
  • 2013: Parkyn Bursary to attend INTECOL (£300), British Ecological Society
  • 2013: Travel Fund to attend INTECOL , University of Reading
  • 2013: Fund for Women Graduates Grant (£2,400) , British Federation of Women Graduates
  • 2012: Access to Learning Fund (£1000), University of Reading
  • 2012: Ant Course Fellowship (£400), California Academy of Sciences & Ant Course
  • 2012: Arthur Hosier & Meyer Sassoon Travel Grant (£1,600), Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Reading
  • 2012: Outreach & Participation Grant (£500), Royal Entomological Society
  • 2012: Specialist course grant to attend Ant Course in Uganda (£300), British Ecological Society
  • 2012: Student funding to attend Ento ’12 Conference, Royal Entomological Society
  • 2011: Specialist course grant to attend UK Ant Identification course (£300), British Ecological Society
  • 2008: PhD research scholarship, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • 2007: MSc. full scholarship, Natural Environment Research Council


  • Biennial 20th Congress, Entomological Society of South Africa, Pretoria (Congress Organising Committee, Organiser of Symposium on Social Insects, Co-ordinator of lunchtime ECR workshops), July 2017
  • 53rd Annual Meeting, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Montpellier, July 2016
  • Biennial 19th Congress, Entomological Society of South Africa, Grahamstown, June 2015
  • Ant-myrmecophyte interactions and coexistence in Namibia. 51st Annual Meeting ATBC, Cairns, July 2014
  • Coexistence of mutualist thorn-dwelling ants on camelthorn acacias in Namibia. Species Interaction Session at INTECOL, International Association for Ecology & British Ecological Society, August 2013
  • Interactions between domatia-dwelling ants & Acacia erioloba in Namibian savannah. Ento’ 12 Conference, Royal Entomological Society, July 2012
  • Cohabitation on an ant-plant: colony distribution of four ant species within swollen thorns of Acacia erioloba in Namibian savannah. Postgraduate Forum, Royal Entomological Society, January 2011
  • Attendance at other conferences include; Insect Ecology Special Insect Group Meeting on Spatial Insect Ecology, RES (2009), 10th Young Systematists Forum (2008) and Pollination Biology Special Interest Group Meeting, RES (2008)


California Academy of Sciences, USA

2016         Instructor – Ant Course, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

University of Pretoria, South Africa

2016-17: Lecturer – Behavioural Ecology; Conservation Biology

2016-17: Guest Lecturer – Insect Diversity

2014-17: Course Coordinator – Entomology Field Course, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

University of Reading, UK

2009-13: Lecturer – Research Topics in Ecology and Evolution

2008-13: Lecturer – Animal Behaviour; Ecology; Entomology; Evolutionary Biology; Evolutionary Genetics and Phylogeny; Invertebrate Zoology; Plant Diversity & Evolution; Species Interactions

2008-13: Course Coordinator & Instructor – Entomology and Ecology Field Course, Berkshire, UK

2009: Instructor – Entomology and Botany Field Course, Zahara, Spain

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