Chantelle


Chantelle pic 

Education

BSc Earth Sciences – Palaeobiology. University College London. Degree class: High 2.1

Relevant modules include: primate behaviour and ecology, field course in environmental biology, species conservation and biodiversity, fundamentals of ecology, molecular biology and evolutionary genetics.

Final Year Literature Review: investigating the biological and ecological characteristics that correlate with increased vulnerability to extinction, drawing parallels with extinctions during the last ice age, in order to predict which species may benefit most from conservation action in coming decades.

Extensive teamwork as part of a problem-based learning module. Involved producing large group reports investigating issues such as ichthyosaur taxonomy and primate morphometrics.

Created a successful blog about Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions and their implications for modern wildlife conservation (www.deadbeastswalking.blogspot.co.uk).

Awarded the Palaeontological Association Prize 2015/6 for demonstrating particular proficiency in palaeontology.

 

Professional Experience

Cattery Manager – More House Farm Cattery

In my role here I was responsible for the care of the resident cats and other small animals (rabbits and guinea pigs). This involves cleaning the enclosures to a high standard, feeding and watering the animals and providing additional exercise for the cats during their stay.

Research Assistant – Intern, ZSL London Zoo, EDGE of Existence Programme

My role here involved working to launch the EDGE Species Report Cards, a monitoring tool that aims to keep track of the conservation status and population trends of EDGE species.

Volunteer with GVI Costa Rica

Three month volunteering expedition where I gained conservation field skills and learnt to cope with basic living conditions. Health and Safety training with a focus on emergency first aid and safety when working with wild animals. Gained qualification in ‘Emergency First Response’.

Training in wild turtle (including green and loggerhead turtles) monitoring, including live egg counting during the female’s laying.

In-situ health turtle checks, where the turtles were measured and checked for fibropapilloma and other diseases.

Volunteer, Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Part-time position where I fed and cleaned the cages of rescued wildlife, performed basic health checks, administered treatments, designed enrichment activities and assisted on rescues as part of a small team. As such, I gained animal husbandry experience for a wide range of animals, including hedgehogs, foxes, bird of prey, song birds, waterfowl, deer, badgers, corvids, owls, bats and sparrowhawks.

Provided enrichment activities, which involved adapting a range of pet equipment, such as food mazes, and also creating novel solutions for more unusual animals e.g. swans.

Helped to make other aspects of the animal’s lives more comfortable and interesting, e.g. using microwavable heat pads for underweight, juvenile mammals.

Direct handling of wild animals. Learnt safe, humane handling and capture techniques.

Experience treating mange, crop and tick infections in UK wildlife with advice from a vet.

 

Personal Experience

I am the co-owner of three dogs, and I also work regularly with waterfowl, poultry, sheep, goats and cattle on my family’s smallholding. I have a more general knowledge of pigs, horses and donkeys – having worked with these in the past.



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