Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Emily's interest in great crested newts was sparked at Brighton College over a decade ago.

Her research studies great crested newts through a newly-devised habitat suitability index. Co-authored with Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez, Associate Professor in Ecology at the Department of Biology, University of Oxford, the paper was published last month in The Herpetological Journal, the flagship publication of the British Herpetological Society.

Emily writes:

The research ... was the same topic as my Extended Project Qualification that I did whilst at Brighton College (albeit conducted with much better research methods and much more data!). It was really satisfying to take a project that I'd cared about for years, and be able to contribute to the published scientific literature on the topic.

After graduating from Brighton College, Emily went to Oxford to read Biology, going on to take an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. She spent six years working in the conservation sector, including for the RSPB and the National Trust, and now works as a software engineer for Cisco. Emily's passion for conservation is still going strong through volunteer work with the Wildlife Trust, UK Youth for Nature, and local amphibian recording groups.

You can read the research here.

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