I am an early career researcher working on a DFG funded project exploring how the ecology, behaviour, phylogeny and demography of host species (in our case the multimammate mice, Mastomys natalensis) influences arenavirus spread and evolution (see current research for more information). I completed my PhD at the University of Stirling, concentrating on the role of habitat management in plantation landscapes on nocturnal biodiversity and behaviour (mainly concentrating on bats). I have previously worked in various aspects of ecological modelling, animal behaviour and biosystematics, my previous research has given me a passion for understanding the processes driving interactions between anthropogenic impacts and biodiversity, and the consequences for both animal taxa and humans. I have just joined the Parasite and Pathogen Special Interest Group (BES) as their Early Career Representative, we have just established a 500WomenScientists pod in Antwerp, and I still work extensively with bats, currently assisting on a project trying to understand environmental and physiological drivers of bat behaviour during hibernation. I also love travelling, exploring up mountains, underground or under the sea, as long as I am outside, I’m happy.