After gaining a BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia in 1984, I spent a number of years working in research, public engagement and as a country park warden. In 1992, I joined the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales), where I have worked in Carmarthenshire, Meirionnydd and Swansea. My current post is primarily concerned with the designation, management and monitoring of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
In 2011, I went part-time with CCW to allow me to start a PhD on the role of hoverflies as pollinators in Welsh conservation grasslands. This has used a range of techniques, from standard invertebrate pan trapping to using DNA metabarcoding to identify pollens carried by hoverflies. My research is jointly supervised between Swansea University (Dr Dan Forman and Dr Penny Neyland) and the National Botanic Garden of Wales (Dr Natasha De Vere).