I am a first-class BSc Zoology Graduate from the University of Liverpool going on to study MSc in Primate Behaviour and Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University in the next academic year. My main area of interest is the formation and maintenance of social relationships within non-human primate species, specifically with regards to conflict and reconciliation.
Throughout my life I have been captivated by all aspects of primate behavioural ecology and am passionate about their conservation wordlwide. I am particular fascinated by the New World monkeys of South America, with my favourite monkey species being the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) of Peru. These animals are are one of Peru’s largest endemic mammals and are critically endangered, with a predicted population decline of 80% across the next three generations. In conjunction with the rarity of this animal, the inaccessibility of its habitat has made it difficult for a deep understanding of the ecology of this species to be attained. As one of the least known primate species in existence today, I find the prospect of researching aspects of their behavioural ecology thrilling.
During a field course module that I undertook in the second year of my studies at University of Liverpool, I was able to observe a variety of primate species in their natural habitat including common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza), Ugandan red colobus monkeys (Procolobus tephrosceles), red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius), vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), and olive baboons (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). Throughout this module, I grew ever more enthralled by the prospect of studying the behavioural ecology of these amazing animals in their natural habitat. As such, I am currently in the process of enquiring about PhD opportunities in this area of research.
In addition to my love of primates, I also enjoy reading (both fiction and non-fiction), creatively writing, looking after my many pets, experimenting with vegan recipes, listening to music, and playing video games. I am a keen animal activist, and regularly donate to animal charities. I also try to minimise my carbon footprint as much as possible, and firmly believe that positive individual actions are vital to leaving the world better than we found it.