Laura joined the Department of Environment and Geography, as an associate lecturer in ecology, in 2018. With a background in Zoology (BSc, University of Glasgow) and Wildlife Biology & Conservation (MSc, Napier University), Laura’s teaching specialism is ecology, although she is also involved in the delivery of statistics and the development of academic skills. She has extensive field experience, ranging from working with marine turtles in Northern Cyprus, through broad-scale ecological surveys in the Bolivian rainforest, to game ranch management in South Africa. Laura completed her PhD within the department, investigating the ownership and poaching of rhinos on private land in South Africa and is particularly interested in the challenges of private management of wildlife and the illegal trade in wildlife parts.
Laura has a keen interest in education (BA, Teesside University), having worked as both a further and higher education lecturer since 2007 and is one of the specialist teaching and scholarship staff within the department. Laura's interest in education research ranges from the means by which students from deprived backgrounds can be encouraged to apply for and supported through higher education, through to the benefits of field work to support the learning of students. This interest in the support of students is further by her role as Student Feedback Champion within the department.