My PhD and my first post-doc were in primate behaviour, and my interest in conservation stems from my second post-doc in the Zoology Department, where I modelled factors that influence whether the use of wild animals and plants in Asia is sustainable. In parallel with my research, I have always been passionate about science communication and I worked as an independent consultant for WWF on their Living Planet Report in 2010 and in 2012, helping to turn their biannual flagship publication into compelling and engaging reports about on the state of biodiversity and how our consumption and our ‘footprint’ affects the natural world. These were released in over 80 countries and have been translated into 14 different languages, reaching a larger audience than ever before.
Towards the end of 2010 I became one of two Programme Managers of the CCI Shared Challenges Programme, catalysing and coordinating collaborative projects between CCI partner organisations and the departments within the University of Cambridge. In June 2012, I became the CCI Programmes Coordinator. In March 2013 I moved to the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment, as the Forum’s Executive Secretary.