I completed my PhD in 2016 at the University of Oxford with Tom Hart, studying penguin behavior using time-lapse camera traps in colonies located in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula. I was able to measure winter attendance at breeding sites, phenology, and nest and chick survival using the time-lapse camera traps (Reconyx HC500 set to time-lapse mode). I helped to set up and maintain over 70 cameras during a three year period and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about setting up camera traps, particularly in cold, remote areas or using the time-lapse setting. There was a lot of logistics involved with battery shipments and getting the cameras to arrive on time in the Falklands and I would love to share some of this niche knowledge if it applies.
During my PhD, I helped to set up Penguin Watch, a Zooniverse citizen-science website that asks volunteers to annotate time-lapse camera trap images. We worked with computer scientists who successfully developed a deep learning algorithm to automate part of the identification process. You can find the project at www.penguinwatch.org.
I spent one year as a postdoc at the University of Cambridge, developing a technique to measure body size, tusk size, and age in African elephants from survey photographs. This work was done in collaboration with Michelle Henley at the Elephants Alive non-profit in Hoedspruit, South Africa. We are working on a manuscript that is currently in review.
I am currently working as a postdoc at the University of Zurich with Barbara König, researching how reproductive timing, demography, and microbes relate to social behavior in communal nesting wild house mice. The mice live in a barn outside of Zurich and are fitted with RFID tags to automatically record the time they spend in nest boxes. I will be working on this project until August 2019.
I am hoping to continue working with Michelle Henley on conservation questions related to African elephants after I complete my current postdoc in Zurich. I am aiming to write fellowship applications with her to continue to study non-invasive methods to measure behavior, morphometrics, and age from photographs. I hope to crowdsource social media images to collect data on these animals and open doors to a new approach to citizen science. If you are interested in this work and collaborating in any capacity I would love to hear from you.