IMG_5901.jpgI am an ecologist with a research focus in conservation in the face of human-driven land use change. In particular, I am interested in biodiversity change, agro-ecology, landscape ecology, conservation policy and the potential of abandoned agricultural land for biodiversity conservation. My work so far has studied population responses of bird species to agri-environment schemes, patterns of rarity and commonness across UK species and their implications for extinction risk, as well as changes in active layer depth in the Arctic.

I welcome future collaborations and am happy to answer questions – feel free to get in touch at gndaskalova (at) gmail.com.

I am fascinated by the power of good education in helping people reach and exceed their potential and dream big – my own dream is to become a lecturer and researcher at least as inspirational and empowering as the mentors that I have been fortunate to have so far. During one of my part-time jobs, my manager described me as “adventurous and efficient” and that really resonated with me and my goals in both science and life. I want my work to seek answers to important, bold and exciting questions – I want to be brave, to know when to question and when to go beyond common assumptions. Efficiency, in my mind, is the foundation of great adventures in science and life. As scientists, there are so many great activities for us to engage in – tackling real-life problems, advancing knowledge, sharing said knowledge and sharing the process of learning and discovery with the world – ensuring we perform well on all fronts requires lots of efficiency! I have much to learn, and I shall be using my blog title as a continuous reminder of my goals!

I am also passionate about quantitative skills, in particular the development of coding and R skills among people from diverse backgrounds and career stages (check out Coding Club for more information). I firmly believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive working environment, in diversity and equality in science and life, and in creating a positive feedback of knowledge gain and transfer.