Dr Andy Marshall
I began my career with a zoology degree, but following many years spent researching the biodiversity and threats to tropical forests, I became increasingly aware that it is the plants and the people that are the key to conserving them. My research has therefore ranged from primate behavioural ecology, tree community modelling, forest carbon assessment, conservation breeding, and descriptions of new species, to biodiversity action planning, assessing methods for environmental education, and evaluating the impacts of conservation legislation for African villagers. Hence, when I founded CIRCLE in 2010, I established an interdisciplinary focus to the research work, in an attempt to really get to the heart of biodiversity conservation.
Sarah Spooner MA. CANTAB., MSc, PGCE
Ph.D. Candidate, Environment Department, University of York
I graduated in 2009 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Education Studies. I am a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for learning outside the classroom. Previously I worked as an Education Officer in a zoo in Surrey where I made public presentations, taught school groups, and ran outreach sessions to various institutions. I have previously worked with the ZSL London BUGS team and Education departments. My current PhD is looking at the impact of zoo education on public attitudes and behaviours towards conservation. A major part of my focus is on the role of zoos in influencing educational achievement, particularly the impact on different socioeconomic groups.
Holly Little (Sandwich Year BSc, University of Sheffield)
I am currently doing the animal behaviour internship, examining the features of enclosure design and husbandry that are important for scimitar-horned oryx breeding success. Scimitar-horned oryx are extinct in the wild so we need to optimise their breeding success in captivity for a successful reintroduction programme. I also enjoy volunteering with the zookeepers at Flamingo Land every weekend. My internship at CIRCLE forms the placement year of my Zoology degree at the University of Sheffield. I am interested in animal behaviour and zoo-based conservation and have previously volunteered with dog behaviourists, WHF Big Cat Sanctuary and veterinary associations.
Laura Scott (Sandwich Year BSc (Hons) Nottingham Trent University)
I am reviewing the diets for all the animals housed at Flamingo Land. This work ensures all the animals have the correct nutrition, helping to keep them healthy and in the best condition. My work is primarily focusing on reviewing and changing the diet of the meerkats housed at Flamingo Land, aiming to reduce their cholesterol and increase activity levels.
My internship at CIRCLE contributes towards the placement year of my BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree at Nottingham Trent University.
Ricardo Lemos De Figueiredo (BSc Aberystwyth University)
I am researching the effectiveness of the indicators used in the Udzungwa Forest Project in assessing and improving forest health in a catchment in Tanzania. These indicators are based on ecological, social, economic and management requirements of the area. This is a pioneer holistic approach to conservation and we hope it will be used as a model to other global conservation projects.
I graduated this year from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Animal Behaviour. Before working as a conservation research intern at CIRCLE, I was a volunteer at the captive breeding programme for the Iberian lynx in Portugal, working as an ethologist for two months, and at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, working as a bottlenose dolphin research assistant (three months). I have also worked as a zoo keeper (volunteer) at Lisbon zoo (Portugal) for over three years.
Joshua Sammy (Sandwich Year BSc University of York)
I am working on Native Wildlife Conservation, assessing indicators such as biodiversity, size and quality of habitats and attitudes to native wildlife conservation on site in Flamingo Land.
I study Ecology in the University of York and am on my year in Industry. I am mostly focussed on ecology and writing, and as such I am interested in how we communicate science to the public, and how we can best engage people with understanding both scientific discoveries and scientific processes. I also enjoy doing wildlife photography and taxonomy in my spare time.