Ecologist and Academic, University of Cambridge
Hannah is an behavioural and evolutionary ecologist who is broadly interested in how “extreme” mammals make evolutionary sense. For the past eight years, she’s been researching this with elephants as her study system. She’s looked at questions such as how they get so big, whether stress is linked to their reproduction and mortality and whether they have reproductive ageing. At the moment, she’s focusing on how male elephants related to each other- socially, genetically and spatially and how they interact with the environment- including plants and their main source of risk, us humans! She’s a research fellow at Pembroke College and the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and she holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield as well as an MA and MPhil from Cambridge. She’s a Research Associate with the South African NGO Elephants Alive and she’s done fieldwork with elephants across southern Africa, eastern Africa and southeast Asia.