Joanne joined BSG Ecology as an ecologist in March 2018 and is based in the Newport office. Prior to this, Joanne worked as a seasonal field surveyor for a Cardiff-based consultancy.
Through her seasonal work, Joanne has gained experience carrying out a variety of protected species surveys for bats, water voles, breeding birds and reptiles. Joanne’s experience as a trainee bird ringer with Gower Bird Ringing Group has fuelled her passion for ornithology; however she also has a general interest in all protected species and is keen to further develop her knowledge and field skills.
Joanne completed her B.Sc. in Zoology at Cardiff University. Her dissertation was entitled “The diet and sex ratios of migrating storm petrels captured on their northward migration: a molecular analysis”. Outside of work, she is now studying part-time for a post-graduate certificate in ecological survey techniques with the University of Oxford. To date, her modules have included GIS, Data Analysis, Surveying Vegetation and Surveying Birds, and her field project will look at the prevalence of papillomavirus in the Oxwich Marsh chaffinch population. Joanne is a keen birdwatcher and has previously volunteered for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB.