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Conservation Research Institute



I graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2012 having specialised in Zoology. Following this, I worked as both a Research Assistant at Cambridge’s Zoology Department and as an Ecologist for a local consultancy.

In 2013/14 I studied for a MSc in Species Identification and Survey Skills at the University of Reading. As part of my course I undertook a research project with the RSPB, studying the impact of western marsh harriers Circus aeruginosus on breeding northern lapwings Vanellus vanellus in the Norfolk Broads.

From 2015 to 2020 I studied for my PhD at the University of Cambridge, investigating the potential impacts of roads on British bird species. In the same period, I set up a research project in Galápagos, focusing on impacts and control of an introduced bird species, the smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani.

In June 2020, I began working as a Research Associate with King’s College Cambridge and the Department of Geography, working as part of a team to support policy-makers in Galápagos with their ambition of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. I am currently funded by the Evolution Education Trust.


My main focus currently is on Covid-19 recovery and achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Galápagos. Alongside this I am interested in the impacts and control of invasive species in Galápagos, potential impacts of current and new road infrastructure, and I am also working to create an audio classifier for Galápagos birds.

Geographical region

South America
Research Associate
 Sophia  Cooke


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