Stella Turk Building
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE
I am a keen herpetologist with a particular interest in amphibian disease, ecology, and conservation. I have lots of experience working with both museum and zoological collections of reptiles and amphibians, and have enjoyed teaching about conservation whilst working for various animal charities.
2017-2018 MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London
2012-2016 BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth
Broad research specialisms: Herpetology, taxonomy, microbiology
Project Title: Establishing the links between skin microbiome, pollution and disease susceptibility in a native UK amphibian species
Supervisors: Dr Xavier Harrison, Professor Charles Tyler, Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Horden, Professor Trenton Garner
Funding Body: NERC GW4+ DTP
Project Description: To establish the links between skin microbiome, antimicrobial pollutants, and disease (specifically ranavirus infection) in common frogs (Rana temporaria) I will conduct field surveys and use molecular tools. Overall, my aim is to understand whether antimicrobial pollutants alter amphibian disease susceptibility.