I’m Abi, a postgraduate research student at the University of Exeter currently studying how humans are affecting the survival of wild primates. I have a broad interest in wildlife conservation, particularly in how conflicts between humans and wildlife can be resolved. I am also interested in animal rescue and rehabilitation, primate cognition, and sustainable living.
As long as I can remember I’ve loved animals. After learning and researching about the plight and cruel exploitation of so many species throughout my early teens, I decided to pursue a degree in zoology with the aim to make a difference in wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
During my degree, I took the opportunity to join a biodiversity research expedition to Borneo, in collaboration with Borneo Nature Foundation. A month living in a remote forest camp immersed in nature, where my only worry was if I had a dry pair of socks, was one of the best experiences of my life and I knew that this is the work I want to spend a career doing. This experience and my passion for conservation led on to a masters by research studying the effects of forest fires on Bornean orang-utans, which I am currently completing.
I am an adventurous traveller who is most comfortable 'off the beaten track'! My love of travel has so far taken me to the summit of Kilimanjaro, deserts of Namibia, zoologists' mecca of the Galapagos Islands, and of course the jungles of Borneo. I all of these places I have aimed to travel with a purpose, by volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary, collecting important ecological survey data, supporting local people's businesses and assisting with environmental education projects. I enjoy documenting these experiences with my camera, pen and paper. Head over to my blog and photography pages to take a look!