Dr Ellie Devenish-Nelson, Teaching Fellow
Before joining the MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health as a Teaching Fellow, I taught online for the University of the West Indies MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean.
I completed my PhD at Durham University, and previously studied for an MSc in Conservation at University College London and a BSc in Zoology at the University of Leeds.
My background is in ecological research in the tropics and the UK, with a focus on quantitative ecology and threatened species ecology. My work focuses on integrating theoretical and empirical approaches, using long-term ecological data to bring new insights into patterns and processes for wildlife conservation and management decision-making. My previous research projects in Trinidad include habitat use by the Neotropical river otter and population dynamics of a threatened orchid species. Most recently, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Chester, modelling climate change impacts on dry forest habitats in Grenada. In the UK, I have worked on questions on mammalian ecology, including for my PhD on the spread of sarcoptic mange in red fox populations, and the consequences of mange for population dynamics and disease management.
My spare time is often spent doing field work, but I also enjoy cycling, painting and cooking.