- Interdisciplinary research that results in meaningful conservation solutions
- Environmental DNA
- Marine biology
- Conservation psychology
CURRENT RESEARCH (Savolainen Lab)
Researching how environmental DNA can be used to identify presence/absence of species, species abundance and to carry out biodiversity assessments.
This research is co-supervised by Thomson Ecology and as a result, the selected focal species and the eDNA survey protocols that we will develop will have direct relevance and value to industry.
PREVIOUS RESEARCH & EXPERIENCE
- Written a conservation psychology module for the University of Edinburgh MSc course in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
- Dominance hierarchies of predatory fish on Palmyrol Atol (University of St. Andrews)
- WWF Bulgaria. Literature review and conservation psychology-based campaign to conserve old-growth forests
- Turning conservation theory into a tool for practitioners (MSc thesis)
- Social structure of captive blacktip reef sharks (undergraduate thesis)
- Social network analysis