Following a successful career in music, Jamie enrolled on the MSc Conservation Management at Edge Hill University in 2020 as a means of forging a new path in ecology and conservation. The experience proved highly influential, building on work he was conducting for ecological consultancies and opening the door to a career in research.
It was during this time that he developed an interest in invertebrate ecology, choosing to focus his thesis on exploring the habitat preferences of Great Britain’s only mygalomorph spider, Atypus affinis.
After a year of gaining further experience, as a research assistant for both the University and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, he returned to Edge Hill as a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in February 2023.
His PhD research will focus on invertebrate diversity and community composition change in response to regenerative agricultural management at the Lowther Estate, Cumbria, UK.