I am a first-class BSc Zoology Graduate from the University of Liverpool and a current MSc in Primate Behaviour and Conservation student at Liverpool John Moores University. My main area of interest is the formation and maintenance of social relationships within non-human primate species both in the wild and in captivity, 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.