Natalie is currently an EnvEast NERC funded PhD student at the Durrell Institute for Conservation & Ecology, University of Kent.
For her thesis, she is investigating the use of acoustics in monitoring tropical vertebrate responses to land-use change in Borneo, under the supervision of Dr M. Struebig and Dr J. Bicknell, as part of the Leverhulme Tropical Defaunation Hub. The focus of this project is to use machine learning to automate bat monitoring in this region and to assess how palm oil and logging impact these species.
Prior to joining DICE, she undertook her Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Salford investigating the impacts of habitat fragmentation on bats in the Amazon. During her studies she has collaborated on projects investigating the effects of land-use change in Central & South America, as well as Asia, and Western Europe. She is also part of the editorial board for the Journal of Bat Research & Conservation and is a keen member of the Women in Conservation Canterbury Network.