Nell Williams Foley

Nell2PhD Researcher, University of Exeter

My research interests lie predominantly in conservation, particularly in mammal ecology and environmentally-oriented social science. After studying general biology for my undergraduate degree, I specialised in conservation science and began a PhD at the University of Exeter in 2017.

My PhD research is focussed on one of Britain’s rarest mammals: the Scottish wildcat. The decline of these animals can be attributed to a number of anthropogenic factors, however, a key threat is hybridisation with domestic and feral cats. My work is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, and aims to improve our understanding of the ecology of these feline groups, and of the social disputes surrounding them.