I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Animal and Behaviour Physiology lab at Royal Holloway University of London and Open University.
My research spans across biomechanics, biomaterials, evolutionary biology, functional morphology, spatial analysis and physiology. I work closely with curators, collections staff, postgraduate students and fellow scientists worldwide to investigate and explain the diversity and evolution of a range of biological structures. I collect and analyse a variety of large datasets to explore the diversity of numerous living organisms and how they could respond to challenges, such as predators and climate change.
I have a deep interest in the relationship between the structure and function of unique morphological traits, which I currently investigate in avian eggshells. My research projects answer a range of fascinating questions, including “Why do some marine seabirds lay cone-shaped eggs”, “Were Neanderthals capable of speech”, “Were the jaws of the extinct Tasmanian tiger too weak to kill sheep”, and “Can eggshell surface properties predict a species nest environment”?