I grew up in urbanised greater London, but I was very lucky to be a bus ride away from Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and the River Thames. Days out in nature and David Attenborough documentaries fostered my love for nature and wildlife, and subsequently motivated me to pursue a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at Plymouth University. I was able to take advantage of different volunteering opportunities in the city, assisting on a range of marine science and educational outreach programmes which cemented my passion for research and conservation. After graduating in 2018, I joined the British Antarctic Survey as a Marine Biology Data Analyst, primarily working on a data project investigating latitudinal trends in body size and polar gigantism. I then moved to Dublin to study for a research masters in Zoology with Trinity College Dublin and the Marine Institute of Ireland, designing a study which investigated the effects of freshwater alkalinity inputs on coastal ocean acidification and the calcification of marine bivalves.
At WWT I work as a researcher within the Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions Unit, supporting research and conservation work related to wetland ecosystem health, the socio-cultural and health & wellbeing benefits of wetlands, and the drivers of pro/anti-environmental human behaviours.
Jupe, L. L., Bilton, D. T., and Knights, A. M.. 2020. Do differences in developmental mode shape the potential for local adaptation? Ecology 101(3):e02942.