In 2015, just before starting my Ph.D on road ecology, I set up and ran a project investigating the impacts of an introduced bird, the smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani, in Galápagos. In collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and Galápagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) I have been investigating the impacts that smooth-billed anis are having in Galápagos and researching potential control or eradication methods.
I also co-authored a study on feral cats in Galápagos, finding evidence to suggest they may be predating upon green turtle hatchlings and young marine iguanas, and a paper identifying research priorities for the islands.
Sustainable Development Goals
After finishing my Ph.D, I was offered funding for a 3-year Research Associate position at Cambridge, working with Galápagos policy-makers and conservation organisations to support the archipelago’s goal of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.