Laura Taylor, BSc (Hons) - Principal Ecologist
Laura studied ecology at Aberdeen University and has since worked on a partnership projects including the Aberdeenshire & Cairngorms water vole conservation projects with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Aberdeen University. More recently she worked on the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Angus Glens Moorland Health Project. Laura's experience makes her ideal for providing advice on grouse moor management, deer management, and delivering a wide range of ecological surveys.
Laura Duggan, MSc - Ecologist
Laura has been working in the ecology sector since 2010, during which time she also returned to university to complete a Master's degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Laura has a particular interest in ornithology and mammal ecology, having researched camera trap detectability rates of otters as part of her MSc. Laura currently leads a team of seasonal field assistants on a range of large-scale surveys at sites throughout Scotland, in addition to carrying out other ecological services such as ECoW and protected mammal surveys.
Joseph Birkett, Diploma - Grouse and Moorland Health Assistant
Joseph has acquired a Diploma in Countyside Management from Newton Rigg College. With experience in upland estate management and gamebird disease control, Joseph provides advice to estate managers on parasite burdens and disease risks to gamebirds, wildfowl and livestock. Joseph also carries out a range of bird, lepidoptera, mammal and habitat surveys.
Dr. Oliver Moore, PhD - Botanist
Oliver is an all-round naturalist with a particular interest in bryophytes and lichens, completing a doctorate on the impacts of red deer management on bryophyte and lichen ecology, with several publications examining upland vegetation and how it responds to drivers of change. He has since lectured in Applied Ecology at the University of Gloucestershire. Oliver has experience of monitoring rare lichens, bryophytes and other plants on nature reserves for organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the John Muir Trust. He is currently working on a bryophyte and lichen flora for the Letterewe Estate and has also collaborated on a forthcoming handbook on snow-bed vegetation in Scotland. Oliver is the Vice County recorder of bryophytes for mid-Perthshire.