Blog Associate Editors

Julie Sheard

Julie is a postdoc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig in Germany. Her research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic change on invertebrate communities and how participating in citizen science affects children’s nature connectedness and science agency. She is also interested in combining novel technologies with citizen science for biodiversity monitoring. Julie is a co-founder of the Danish National Citizen Science Network and enjoys opportunities to combine science and art.

Beth Preston

Beth is a lecturer in wildlife ecology at the Royal Veterinary College. Her research is focused on wildlife, behaviour and conservation.She completed her PhD on the impacts of intergroup conflict on banded mongooses at the University of Exeter, and worked with the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme at the University of Oxford. She is interested in social behaviour, and applying behavioural research to conservation biology. Beth has worked in the field in Kenya and Uganda on lions, spotted hyenas, elephants and banded mongooses, and on datasets from lions in Zimbabwe, and Ethiopian wolves in Ethiopia – favouring the social species. She has been involved in university teaching, public outreach and science communication