Nicola holds a BSc in Marine and Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Exeter. She completed her PhD in 2011 which examined social interactions of the European badger and their implications for the transmission of bovine tuberculosis. Immediately following this, she moved to Ascension Island with her husband to study the green sea turtle population there, with Ascension being the second largest green turtle nesting rookery in the South Atlantic. They stayed there for 5 years; taking over the running of the Ascension Island Conservation Department in 2013. During this time, they implemented a number of changes, including the creation and implementation of the first Biodiversity Action Plan for the Island, Protected Areas and Wildlife Protection legislation, and a vibrant marine conservation and research programme. They left at the start of 2017 to raise their young family in the UK for a while, but are still actively involved in work on Ascension Island through Darwin Plus and BEST grants.

Nicola is very happy to have the role of Conservation Officer for the UKOTCF and to remain involved with the Southern Oceans UKOTs, and is also excited to expand her involvement with and knowledge of the other UKOTs, in particular those in the Caribbean where she has previously worked on sea turtle conservation programmes. You can view more about her research here: