I work for Butterfly Conservation and co-ordinate the National Moth Recording Scheme and Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey. My key role is to provide support and feedback to the moth and butterfly recording community. I also promote moths, butterflies and the recording of these insects to the wider world. I have a PhD and my research focussed on the role of Myrmica ants in Large Blue Butterfly habitats and the benefits to other rare species.
Prior to working for Butterfly Conservation I was employed by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Dorset. I was involved in a variety of projects including studies of Oak Gall wasps and their parasitoids; Large Blue Butterflies and Myrmica ants, the Farm Scale Evaluations of Genetically Modified Crops and Countryside Survey 2000. I also spent 6 months in the Caribbean educating school children about sea turtles and coral reefs.