Claire Thorpe - AWT

About Claire Thorpe - AWT

Claire studied biology at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2013. Her main focus became the ecology modules, leading to a dissertation on the effects non-native tree species can have on biodiversity. A year off included volunteering for the Wildlife Trust in the Scilly Isles and teaching English in China. Claire then completed her MSc in Conservation at UCL. Her thesis looked at the policy and objectives surrounding a marine protected area in Jamaica, and research involved interviews with politicians, researchers and community members. Post-graduation Claire worked for a natural health charity as their campaign coordinator, gaining experience in article writing, social media and communications.

Decomposers

Other than the producers and consumers that make up food chains there is another important aspect - the organisms that help deal with waste. These bacteria or fungi are called  decomposersand they are very important to the ecosystem. They recycle nutrients back into the soil or environment and help break down animal and plant waste [...]

Food chains

Today marks the beginning of food chains week. If you look outside your classroom can you think of any food chains that might be happening in the habitats you can see? Food chains happen becuase all animals need energy to survive, they get this from their food. Plants are slightly different becuase they make their [...]

Camouflage

One adaptation that many animals have is camouflage. Do you know what this is? Camouflage is when an animal have colourings or markings that help them blend in to their surroundings. The type of camouflage that an animal has depends on their habitat and predators. Can you think of the type of camouflage that would [...]

Breeding season adaptations

Many species have special adaptations for the breeding season (Spring) which makes it more likely that they will reproduce and bring up healthy offspring. Similarly, species that migrate may need different adaptations in their breeding habitat compared to where they spend the winter. Think of one migratory species, what are the differences in summer and [...]