Ash Simkins

Postgraduate Student at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge


Ash previously studied the BA in Natural Sciences (Zoology) at the University of Cambridge (graduated 2015) and the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia (graduated 2017). He worked on a range of research projects often co-supervised by conservation organisations, including working with BirdLife International and the RSPB to explore the conservation implications of a major taxonomic revision of the world’s birds.

For the past four years, he has been working as a Global Science Technical Officer at BirdLife International. Here he applied a wide range of datasets to tackle conservation issues and inform BirdLife’s work, with a particular focus on site-based conservation (particularly IBAs, KBAs and protected areas), global biodiversity indicators, land cover change and forest conservation.

He is excited to bring together my academic and professional experience in my PhD, working with the Conservation Science and Conservation Evidence team, funded by the NERC C-CLEAR DTP.