I was born in Glasgow, but raised in Aberdeen and where I attended Cults Primary and Cults Academy. I credit my enthusiasm for geography to my 5th-year teacher, Mrs Eleanor Stevenson, who first made me realise how diverse and exciting the world could be, and who pushed me to apply to study geography at university. After leaving School I was awarded a place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where I studied Geography and took modules in Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, the Historical Geography of the AIDS Pandemic and the Social Engagement with Nature. I could never quite give up physical geography, however, and during my second and final years I also took courses in Environmental Hazards, Glaciology and Volcanology to keep a toe in the scientific side of things.
In 2011 I was successfully awarded ESRC 1+3 Masters and PhD funding to continue to study Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh. In September 2016 I submitted my PhD thesis on the historical geographies of osprey conservation in Scotland (click here for more details about my research!). In January 2017 I began a Lectureship in Human Geography at York St John University. I am eager to explore all things wild, animal, technological and more-than-human, especially in the Cairngorms. I also enjoy hillwalking, climbing and telemark skiing (when there is snow and the Glenshee road is open!).