I have been part of Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) within the School of Anthropology and Conservation since 2005. During this time, I have completed my BSc, MSc, PGCHE, PhD (almost), worked on numerous conservation research projects, and now teach students. My studies have varied from working with primates in the rainforest for my BSc, to postdoctoral research with DICE in collaboration with the Seychelles Island Foundation to establish the evolutionary distinctiveness of the endangered Seychelles black parrot. I specialise in population genetics of invasive species, mainly the ring-necked parakeet, one of the fastest growing bird populations in the UK, and recently appeared on BBC Springwatch. As an active member of ‘ParrotNet’, a global network of researchers led by DICE studying invasive parrots, I am involved in a number of research collaborations that I hope to continue at the University of Kent.