Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

I graduated with Honours from the University of Nottingham in 2012 as a Veterinary Surgeon. Having gone straight into clinical practice, I spent over a year at a hopsital practice in South Wales and then moved back to the Midlands to locum at several small animal practices for the six months preceding the start of my position at the RVC. 

The remit of my work is to understand the anatomical and muscle physiology specialisations for economical locomotion and migration of large African herbivores. Data will be collected using innovative GPS tracking collars, aerial filming systems and muscle biopsies, allowing parameters such as preferred gait, speed and muscle performance at individual fibre level, to be analysed. 

My fieldwork will be conducted on the savannahs of Eastern and Southern Africa: the Serengeti, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, stydying zebra, wildbeest, impala and other large herbivores. Pilot studies in the UK will use predominantly domestic dogs and horses to test the tracking and filming equipment to ensure all the kit is working as expected before flying out to field locations. 

Although the focus of the project is on locomotion and physiology, the results of my research will also be of relevance to behavioural ecology, wildlife conservation and habitat management. 

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