I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, UK, with a broad range of research interests, all with the general theme of extinction. Whilst my PhD thesis has focused on understanding the extinction of populations, and how climatic change might alter the timing of such events, I am also currently working on projects in a variety of other fields including: community assembly dynamics, biodiversity patterns, predicting future extinction events, social interest in conservation issues, parasites, and synthesizing theory and empirical studies. I have been privileged enough to work with people from a diverse set of backgrounds, from theoretical ecologists to conservation biologists, with current collaborators in nine institutes in four countries. I am currently based at the University of Sheffeld, UK but have collaborators at The Zoolgical Society of London, University College London, and the University of Zurich. I am funded by a NERC research grant, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London.