I achieved my undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen in Celtic Studies, and went on to complete a postgraduate degree in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford with a John Reid Trust scholarship. I wrote my PhD at Cardiff University on the extinction of British species in the medieval and early modern periods with grants from the Celia Thomas Fund, the Prowde Foundation and the Bishop Foxes Foundation. Whilst studying at Cardiff I won the Michael Woods Conference Prize for my presentation on the late extinction of the beaver, now published in Historical Biology 27(8), and the William T. Stearn Essay prize for my paper on the possible presence of the lynx in early modern Scotland, now published in Archives of Natural History 44(2).

In 2015 I started a postdoctoral research project with grants from the Antiquaries of London and the Alice McCosh Trust translating part of Robert Sibbald’s (1684) Scotia Illustrata. A provisional translation has been published as Animals of Scotland (CreateSpace, 2017). In 2016 I completed a research project ‘Frogs in pre-industrial Britain’ which was funded by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and has been published in the Herpetological Journal 27(4).

I am proud to have been made an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016. My students might be interested to know that Llewelyn the Lynx’s teaching experience has been immortalised in the Journal of Effective Teaching 17(1)!

Lee’s special area of expertise is wildlife history. Outside of the classroom they spend time gardening and surveying for wildlife. They were voted a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 2017.

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife History
  • Medieval & Early Modern Britain
  • Celtic Studies
  • Species History


  1. Robert Sibbald's Scotia Illustrata (1684): A faunal baseline for Britain. Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science 72(3)
  2. & (2017). The Animals of Scotland. : CreateSpace
  3. (2017). Swallows and Humans in Wales: historical and modern feeding strategies. (Medieval Animal Data-Network).
  4. Frogs in pre-industrial Britain. The Herpetological Journal 27(4), 368-378.
  5. The Eurasian Lynx (Lynx Lynx) in early modern Scotland. Archives of Natural History 44(2), 321-333.

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