SOPHIE MANSON

Growing up, I spent much of my time among the wetlands and dramatic coastlines of North East England. Here, I learnt the value of having wild, natural areas on your doorstep and the importance of protecting and preserving them. Tropical rainforests are among those areas that face the ever-increasing threat of human impact. They are home to areas of incredibly high biodiversity and are economically, environmentally, and culturally significant. I wanted to be able to make a difference, so I studied Zoology at the University of Bristol and graduated with a Master’s degree. I am over the moon to be interning with an organisation like Mongabay who are one of the loudest and most influential voices in environmental news.

My passion for wildlife conservation has taken me all over the world. I managed a research project in South Africa, was President of the university diving society leading trips up and down the UK, and shared my love of writing as a freelance Conservation Reporter in New Zealand. I have also volunteered with the Avon Wildlife Trust in Bristol, specifically their ‘My Wild Child’ scheme, and taught children and adults alike about the urban wildlife they can find in the middle of a large city such as Bristol. I believe communicating science with the general public is one of the greatest tools researchers and conservationists have to achieve their goals and I am keen to bridge the gap between the two.

In the future, I am hoping to pursue a PhD in tropical ecology and investigate how changes such as increasing temperature and deforestation could affect these ecosystems. In my free time I am an avid reader, I somehow force myself to go running, and I am a keen wildlife photographer.

 

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