An important part of my undergraduate degree was sourcing funding for my extracurricular endeavours.
British Ecological Society Annual Meeting at Edinburgh, UK, December: poster accepted. Title: “Managing Amazonian logging to minimize biodiversity loss through the study of butterflies”
British Entomological and Natural History Society Exhibition London, 14th November. Presented poster titled “Butterflies and logging: an unexplored relationship”
For a three month long field season at the Brazilian Amazon that would yield the data for my Masters in Research I applied for ten different funding sources and was awarded the following:
The Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund ($2000) – covered field assistants’ stipends and some equipment
The Righ Fellowship, University of Sheffield (£2000) – covered living costs and 40kg of banana bait per week
The Professor Hering Memorial Fund, British Entomological and Natural History Society (£680) – covered most of the 30 butterfly traps acquired
Scurfield Memorial Bursary, University of Sheffield (£600) – covered equipment like GPS, nets etc.
The Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Travelling Fellowship (£450) - covered half of my travel costs
British Ecological Society Annual Meeting at Lille, France: presented a poster on the “Multitrophic effects of stick insect camouflage maladaptation”
Level 1 Alumni Prize, University of Sheffield, APS department (£ 1000)- Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesenopsis (Lepidoptera) at the Natural History Museum of London.