I have been lucky enough to embark on several research expeditions each with their own specific goals and objectives. Wildlife biologists live and breathe scientific expeditions. They provide an opportunity to explore unique landscapes and ecosystems, work with fascinating biological diversity and experience first hand the difficult conservation challenges facing many developing nations.
Kevo Subarctic Research Station, Utsjoki, at the northernmost tip of Finland, about one hundred kilometres from the coast of the Arctic Ocean. It lies about 60 km north of the continuous pine forest line and belongs to the sub-arctic Mountain Birch Forest Zone at the forest-tundra ecotone. I was here to assist James Borrell with the collection of samples of Dwarf Birch (Betula nana) for genetic analysis. A comparison is to be made between the genetic health of endangered populations in Scotland with the continuous populations in Finland.
Armed with the intelligence from the 2012 expedition I was able to design a science programme to target keystone groups of taxa, provide informative and robust data sets, and inspire the expedition members about the ecological communities and their conservation. Surveys focused on large mammals, small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and bats.
In January 2012 I embarked on a scientific expedition to Oman with a goal, amongst others, of capturing the elusive Arabian Leopard on camera trap.
I collected my final year thesis data on dragonflies in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
In 2008 I spent three months on the island of Madagascar collecting data on a variety of taxa and getting my first taste of expedition lifestyle.