Victoria has over 7 years’ experience working in the environmental sector, specializing in citizen science and environmental education and research for local government and charities. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree she worked for a Local Council Authority in Buckinghamshire as an Environmental/Recycling Education Officer.
Victoria’s interests in ornithology and avian ecology were fuelled during her MSc at the University of Reading, UK and in particular during her 2 months spent in 2009 on Denis Island in Seychelles where she was involved in a reintroduction project of a breeding colony of Sooty terns (Onychoprion fuscatus).
Her passion and fascination for working with birds has only continued to grow and evolve since that pivotal moment in her career. She has lived in Germany, upstate New York and Boston, MA, USA with her husband and dogs before returning to the UK to take up her PhD research. Her ornithology work in the USA has taken her to the New York State capital Albany as a bird banding (ringing) volunteer at a local reserve, to the Powdermill bird banding station in Pennsylvania for a bird banding (ringing) introductory course and to Alabama, Lousiana and Mississippi with the organization Conservian to census breeding colonies of terns, Wilsons and Snowy Plovers and the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More recently she has worked extensively with the Massachusetts Audubon Society both as a teacher naturalist at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and as a conservationist involved in the breeding and protection programme for the Piping Plover and Least Tern on one of Boston’s busiest urban beaches: Revere. She designed, developed and led the public outreach and schools program for this latter project in 2014. She was also a keen Saw-whet Owl banding volunteer during the autumn migration and participated in the Mass Audubon Birding Certificate Program. She has also recently worked with inner city school children as an Environmental Educator with the Lowell Land and Conservation Trust, (MA, USA). She hopes to continue her environmental education work with schools and public outreach through her PhD.