Meet the team
Get to know the people behind the Road Lab
Dr. Sarah Perkins
Sarah completed her PhD at Stirling University, studying the ecological dynamics of disease. She worked at the center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State University before returning to the UK in 2009 to start a Marie Curie Fellowship at Cardiff University.
She is now a Lecturer at Cardiff University and coordinates all things Road Lab
Sarah is a NERC GW4+ funded doctoral researcher with The Road Lab and based at Cardiff University. She completed her MSci Biology degree at University of Nottingham. Her research is focusing on assessing how road mitigation affects animal behaviour and mortality, and how it could be used to aid conservation efforts.
Lauren completed her Master’s degree at the University of Oxford and is now a doctoral researcher at Nottingham Trent University. She is working closely with The Road Lab to understand the risks that roads pose to hedgehogs, their impact on hedgehog populations and the potential of mitigation measures to reduce road mortality.
Eleanor is currently undertaking their undergraduate in BSc Biology at the University of Bath. They are working with the Road Lab for their professional placement year as an introduction to collaborative research and ecological science. Eleanor is particularly interested in computational data analysis and using new tools to enhance our understanding of ecological systems.
Dr. Elizabeth Chadwick
Dr. Chadwick is a project coordinator for The Road Lab as well as project lead for the Cardiff University Otter Project. Her current research focuses on freshwater aquatic systems, particularly the Eurasian otter and British amphibians in relation to population dynamics, phenology and climate change.
Katherine is studying her undergraduate degree in BSc Zoology at the University of Reading. She has chosen to do an industrial placement year with the Road Lab team and is looking forward to learning more about citizen science and gaining experience analysing and collecting data. Katherine is interested in a range of topics such as conservation and the use of camera traps.