Edward holds an MBiolSci in Ecology from the University of Sheffield. After graduating, he spent time working for the University of Sheffield on a project investigating the diversity of invertebrates in urban green spaces. He then went to Costa Rica where he worked as a field biologist for the Wild Macaw Association and, after that, worked as a research assistant for the Corcovado Foundation on a sea turtle conservation project, also in Costa Rica. Through these experiences, Edward has developed an interest in how community-based conservation projects and eco-tourism can have a positive social and economic impact on local communities. Edward has a strong interest in environmental issues and is a member of the steering group for Plastic Free Eastbourne, a campaign group that is working to gain ‘plastic free’ accreditation for the town.
Ed has already been at work on virtual tours, representing UKOTCF at meetings, analysing data and various other tasks.