El holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Sheffield and is a Volunteer Learning Assistant Intern for the RSPB. El enjoys sharing her love for nature with those around her which has led to a number of Science Communication roles in such projects as the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch and the University of Sheffield’s Outreach programmes. She also teaches physical outdoor activities through her employment as an Activity Instructor in Sheffield.

El is interested in wildlife conservation, specifically tackling poaching through practical conservation methods and wildlife protection laws.

In 2016, El participated in research for Carnivore Research Malawi and African Bat Conservation, where she gathered spatial and behavioural data on spotted hyenas and identified the bat species present in the city of Lilongwe and Liwonde National Park. While working in remote villages to improve the perception of carnivores, she gained an appreciation for the complexity of the issues that surround protecting wildlife whilst also respecting cultural beliefs. El hopes to start tackling some of these problems through her Master’s degree and aims to focus on community engagement techniques.

 As a Conservation Assistant for the UKOTCF, El is responsible for creating some of the online Virtual Tours of the Overseas Territories and also acts as Assistant Secretary Wider Caribbean Working Group. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Moors for the Future Partnership in the Peak District and is a Cub Leader for the Scout Association.