My research focuses on the integration of evolutionary history, trait diversity and extinction risk to identify conservation priorities. I use a combination of phylogenetic and spatial approaches to identify priority species and regions to maximise conservation of phylogenetic and trait diversity. The majority of my work focuses on terrestrial vertebrates, and I am particularly interested in reptiles.
I am part of a multidisciplinary collaboration of zoologists, ecologists, epidemiologists and disease ecologists working to map human snakebite risk. We aim to identify relationships between human behaviour, socioeconomic conditions, land use and snake diversity, distribution and behaviour to inform mitigation efforts. I hope this work can help reduce human-snake interactions, limiting both the human death toll and depletion of snake populations.
et al., 2018, Tetrapods on the EDGE: Overcoming data limitations to identify phylogenetic conservation priorities, Plos One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203
et al., 2018, The disparity between species description and conservation assessment: A case study in taxa with high rates of species discovery, Biological Conservation, Vol:220, ISSN:0006-3207, Pages:209-214