I am an Arctic ecologist, having gradually migrated northwards since my early upbringing in Africa.
My first degree was in Geography and Environmental & Evolutionary Biology (Dartmouth College, NH, USA).
Much of my academic work since then has applied spatial tools to ecological problems, combining a love of nature with an interest in maps and spatial assessment.
My Masters research was on the development of current and predictive GIS habitat models for muskoxen, in light of potential oil and resource development (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA).
I completed my PhD at the Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge) on the potential effects of climate change on reindeer habitat in the Barents region.
Following that, I moved to Svalbard, Norway where I managed the Norwegian Polar Institute's research station in Ny-Ålesund.
I returned to Cambridge University for an MPhil in Conservation Leadership and now work as Senior Programme Officer in the Science Programme at UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre where I work on global biodiversity and nature conservation.