Alice Maher

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Qualifications

2017-present PhD research on the evolution and biomechanics of body shape in vertebrates

2016-2017 PGDE with QTS in secondary biology LJMU

2014-2015 MRes advanced biological sciences: evolution, ecology and behaviour, university of Liverpool

2011-Continued professional falconer (Cheshire falconry)

2011-2014 BSc (honours) zoology 1st class at LJMU

Experiences:

Lead demonstrator for life 109 module at the university of Liverpool

2016-2017 PGDE with QTS, teaching biology, chemistry and physics to secondary school pupils and a-level, UK.

2011- Present professional falconer (Lantra awarded), expertise in birds of prey behaviour, ecology and evolution, Cheshire falconry, UK.

2014 LJMU prize in zoology, prize for being in the top 5 per cent in the zoology graduate class of 2014, LJMU, UK.

What is your role in the EMB?

I am a second year PhD student studying the evolution and biomechanics of body shape in vertebrates.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently collecting together and digitising a large number and broad diversity of skeletons on terrestrial vertebrates to quantify whole-body proportions. I aim to carry out phylogenetic statistical tests to examine temporal and phylogenetic trends in body proportions, as well as correlations with body size, locomotor type and ecological niches. I will also analyse key skeletal proportions of specific long- and short-bodied vertebrate groups using a combination of linear and geometric morphometric approaches to identify anatomical and biomechanical adaptations.

How and why did you get into your current research?

I have always been fascinated by animal ecology, behaviour and evolution. my undergraduate degree in zoology and my masters in advanced biological sciences fuelled my need to want to learn more and to do my own future research. I aim to enhance the understanding of how body shape and the mechanics of extinct and extant animals have interacted over millions of years.

Likes:

Animals, the colour blue and chocolate

Dislikes:

Doing the dishes, the taste of alcohol and mint, fruit or nuts in chocolate (why make a bad thing healthy :p)