My core strengths are in computational biology and visual science communication, while my academic interests are primarily in evolution, theoretical biology, and genetics.
PhD Research Student / University of Stirling / 2020–Present
Research theme: How does fluctuating selection affect pesticide effectiveness?
BSc Hons in Biology / University of Stirling / 2016–2020
Thesis: When rare gametes meet.
- Achieved a first-class degree certificate.
- Won a research studentship with The Genetics Society (see below).
- Volunteered with the ENDORSE and WrEN projects.
- Secured paid work within the department to develop Shiny apps for use as a teaching aid in a 4th-year population ecology module (example).
- Ran study sessions at Coding Club and played a key role in increasing engagement.
- Joined regular discussions with Luc F. Bussière’s Research Group.
Genetics Society Summer Studentship / 2019
How disturbance affects the establishment of new polyploid plant species.
- Secured funding for 8 weeks of research.
- Created an Individual-based model—from scratch in R—which simulates polyploid evolution and disturbance in plant populations.
- Found that disturbance should amplify establishment success/failure caused by the costs or benefits of being polyploid.
- Received a runner up prize for presenting my work in a 10-minute talk.
- Made my model available as an R package: DisturPloidy
- Bat Surveyor / Direct Ecology Ltd. / May–July 2018
- Freelance Web Developer / 2014–2019
- Individual-Based Modelling
- Statistical Analysis
- BLAST / Clustal
- HTML / CSS
These are the most recent science posters I have created during my Biology degree at the University of Stirling (using Adobe Illustrator).
Cyclin-dependant-like kinase 5’s role in Alzheimer’s (with a focus on inhibition) / Solo project / Autumn 2019.
How new modes of predation gave rise to Chondrichthyes diversity / Group project / Spring 2019.
- English / First language.
- Norwegian / Beginner.