Blog Associate Editors

Julie Koch Sheard


Julie is a postdoc at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, GLOBE Institute, Copenhagen University, where she also recently completed her PhD. Julie uses citizen science as a tool to explore the effects of human activities on species and communities. Julie is also a co-founder of the Danish National Citizen Science Network and enjoys opportunities to combine science and art.

Beth Preston

Beth Preston

Beth recently completed her PhD on the impacts of intergroup conflict on banded mongooses at the University of Exeter, and is now working with the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme at the University of Oxford. She is interested in social behaviour, and applying behavioural research to conservation biology. She used social networks and behavioural experiments to investigate the impacts of intergroup conflict on banded mongooses, which have frequent and violent between-group encounters. Now she hopes to transfer these skills to helping save the Ethiopian wolf, one of the most endangered canids in the world.

Beth obtained her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford in 2014, followed by an MRes in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Southampton in 2015. She has worked in the field in Kenya and Uganda on lions, spotted hyenas, elephants and banded mongooses – favouring the social species. Alongside her studies, she has been involved in university teaching, public outreach and science communication. She was the sub-editor for the student-run Life magazine at the University of Exeter during her PhD, and has a strong interest in science communication to the wider public, getting involved in school outreach sessions, and science events for the public including Science on the Square and at the Royal Cornwall Show through the University.