TVERC team update

We have had some changes in our team over the last few months. We welcomed Filipa McGuinness to TVERC in August as our Admin Officer and Katherine Lister progressed from being our Data Assistant to our Data Manager, so Robbie Still joined TVERC as our new Data Assistant at the beginning of November.

Filipa has a degree in applied zoology where she took part in embryo transfer viability in cows and cat bonding research. During her studies she volunteered in Newquay Zoo and Cornwall Nature Conservancy. Subsequently she worked in various roles as quality assistant, product developer and admin. Filipa currently lives on a farm where she is enjoying all aspects of dealing with animals and surrounding wildlife.

Robbie has just finished a masters at Swansea University focusing on GIS analysis of Himalayan Balsam distribution, and has focused on terrestrial invasive plant species, although his undergraduate degree was more broadly based on British ecology. Robbie has also worked with the City and Council of Swansea, updating their records of Japanese Knotweed populations throughout the Gower Peninsula on an internship last summer. Robbie is from High Wycombe, so is familiar with the local area and wildlife despite studying in South Wales.

Unfortunately, Zoe Caals, our Biological Recording Co-ordinator is leaving us to move nearer to her family in Dorset: "I have enjoyed learning about the fantastic work done by local conservation groups around Oxfordshire and Berkshire and getting to know some of you through our recorders’ conferences and other events.  I am now moving to Dorset and am looking forward to dusting off my books on seaweeds and marine animals, and learning more about coastal wildlife.” We wish her all the best and are currently recruiting for a replacement. 

 

Posted: December 3, 2018