Final year PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London supervised by Dr Sarah Papworth and Professor Samuel Turvey at the Institute of Zoology, London.
I am interested in understanding how people perceive nature; which factors influence people's perceptions, what level of agreement is there between perceptions and biological change, and how does nature benefit them personally?
My PhD investigates the role of shifting baseline syndrome in conservation. SBS is a socio-psychological phenomenon describing an ongoing, yet unperceived tolerance for environmental degradation. Without experience or knowledge of past environmental conditions each new generation interprets more degraded environmental conditions as the new norm. The true extent of biological change is therefore often underestimated.