Garden BirdWatch Manager
Interests & Responsibilities
Michelle started communicating science during her PhD, which was a welcome distraction from writing her thesis. Her PhD is in spider biomechanics, and she developed her communication skills by addressing public spider phobias, trying to show people what fascinating animals they are. She has volunteered and freelanced for a number of scientific organisations and interned at the Royal Institution of Great Britain during the 2014 Christmas Lectures. Since completing her PhD she has worked in conservation and environmental communications, with experience in creating website content, print publications, social media and video production.
At BTO, Michelle started in February 2021 as Website Editor, where she was responsible for ensuring the BTO website communicated our work effectively. Now, building on the skills and experience in this role and in her previous experience, Michelle manages our Garden Ecology surveys, looking after their participants and data. She edits Bird Table magazine and promotes the survey via press, the BTO website, social media and talks alongside Robert Jaques, the GBW Supporter Development Officer.
BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Sciences, Royal Veterinary College 2012
PhD – Spider gait adaptation for speed and leg autotomy in two ecologically distinct species. University of London & Royal Veterinary College 2018