A pleasure to meet you :)

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Hi all! 

I'm Natalie and I am a Wildlife Biology & Conservation MSc postgraduate student at Edinburgh Napier University, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. My BSc is in Marine Biology from the University of California San Diego and I've had experience with sea otter field research in Monterey Bay and as a naturalist and deckhand on a research whale watching vessel. I've fallen in love with Scottish birds and wild/managed green spaces and I've taken up crochet in lockdown - I think I'm three scarves in. I've picked my DSLR back up and got some good use out of in Spring (the poster image is one I took!)

I'm joining this workshop after completing the Project Management in Wildlife Biology (PMWC) workshop and am excited to gain new skills and confidence related to strategy development. I find that project management and strategy development are sought after skills in conservation employment listings, but not a lot of people (especially right out of uni) know exactly what they are or have targeted experience in these concepts. 

I'm excited to meet you all virtually and to continue working with Beth and Lucy! 

NATALIE RHOADES

MSc graduate, Edinburgh Napier University

I am a recent graduate from Edinburgh Napier University, earning my MSc with Distinction in Wildlife Biology and Conservation - my thesis focussed on native and freshwater shrimp and is currently being edited for publishing. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area and studied Marine Biology at the University of California San Diego where my love for the ocean and environmental conservation was cemented. In between degrees I spent time in Monterey, California volunteering, interning, and working for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Program, two labs at Hopkins Marine Station, and as a whale watching naturalist. I am deeply passionate about science communication and education and am excited to see how my career develops!

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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
6 months ago

Welcome back Natalie! Good to have you on another training. Sound like you've had some productive lockdown time and will be prepared for keeping warm in the winter! B

Go to the profile of Miki Tillett
6 months ago

Wow, what a beautiful bumblebee photo!