I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows based in the UK, or elsewhere, who wish to join the research group. There are a number of options, depending on the career stage and location of prospective lab members.

I strongly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations.

I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows who have research interests in (marine) ornithology, conservation, islands, and pollution topics. Students or researchers in other fields, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are also welcome to contact me about potential projects around the history of the collections, particular collectors or ornithological figures, sustainability of plastic use, or other topics.

In addition to the topics detailed below, several other projects are available, and prospective lab members are welcome to bring their own ideas. In particular, I welcome projects that make use of museum collections, or are desk-based.

Contact me for information.


Current opportunities

You can also check out my list of Languishing Projects.


Prospective Honours students

The NHM does not have a specific Honours research programme, but I am able to collaborate with faculty in the UK and overseas in co-supervising Honours students. Students must have a university supervisor, and be accepted into the Honours programme.

Prospective Masters students

The NHM participates in three masters-level courses where students complete short research projects:

Students must register in these courses, and select their project via the course coordinator, consulting the prospectus or list of projects distributed as part of the course. Students interested in pursuing these options are welcome to contact me before applying to inquire about potential projects, or propose their own (both subject to admission to the course, and approval of the course coordinator).

Prospective Ph.D. students

The NHM participates in a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs):

Depending on the DTP, there are varying arrangements, but prospective students will need a university-based primary supervisor. I can also co-supervise PhD students at other UK and international institutions on an ad hoc basis. Note that the DTPs have differing requirements, and successful applicants to an advertised position here are not guaranteed a DTP scholarship.

Interested students from the United States who wish to study in the UK should investigate the Fulbright and Marshall programmes for fellowship/scholarship funding.

Prospective post-doctoral fellows

I am happy to discuss potential funding options for post-doctoral fellows through candidate-driven research council funding (e.g., NERC, NSERC, NSF, ARC, DAAD, etc.), or other funding sources (e.g., Marie Curie Fellowships).

Two lists for potential post-doctoral funding can be found here, and here.

Prospective students at the University of Tasmania

Students interested in research degrees (Honours, Masters, or Ph.D.) at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania, should contact me for more information and to discuss suitability.