I study animal behaviour and biomechanics. I've always been interested in animals and music since an early age. Without realising it, I've picked a research topic, driven by my own curiosity, that combines the two. I mostly ask questions about how animals extract meaningful information from vibrations - analogous to how humans might pick out musical phrases within noisy places.
What is it like to be a woman in STEM? Who have been your role models, inspirations or allies in your career?
I enjoy working in STEM, especially being able to follow my curiosity in research, and being a woman is just one part of my identity as a scientist. I enjoy the responsibility to encourage others to consider careers in STEM, regardless of their background or identity.
I'm currently part of a programme SUSTAIN, lead by the Academy of Medical Sciences, that has provided training, peer support and mentorship for other women in STEM like me. I've really enjoyed connecting with so many like-minded people.
What is your advice for researchers starting their career in STEM?
Thinking and focussing on motivation is key - what is your reason to start a career in STEM?