Dinosaurs and David Attenborough first inspired me to study natural history and to become a scientist. Exploring the English Lake District with my Dad, revealed the joys of the hills and how cold you can get wild swimming! After studying Biology as my first degree, I worked on the Rum Red Deer Project and really started to discover the Highlands and Islands. This culminated with an MSc in Environmental Science at Aberdeen.
Strangely I moved back to England, and taught A Level Environmental Science and Biology in a Sixth Form College for many years, before remembering that I needed to be in the Highlands. Since then, I’ve worked as a Senior Field Studies Tutor, as a Ranger in Glencoe, and as an Ecologist.
Currently, I am a Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation for Scotland’s Rural College. My hill enthusiasm has grown up and now I am an active member of Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.
Place to Play
Where there are mountains and trees, especially big old trees, and wild water, well… generally where there are fewer people! Fortunately, I live in the heart of the Highlands, so home, and much of my work is play.
Not a lot of people know this
My first job was as a ski instructor on an artificial ski slope and I also think that I’m addicted to Fishermen’s Friends (very intense sweets).