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Louise Fairless PhD Biological Sciences, 2013

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The location of the University in the heart of Hampshire and near to the New Forest National Park attracted me to study at Southampton. After achieving a First Class (Hons) degree in Biology at Southampton, I decided to pursue my interest in ecological research and undertake a PhD.

Studying for a PhD gives you the unique opportunity to carry out independent research in your particular field of interest.

I study the population dynamics and roosting behaviour of British Bats and carry out field work with the Forestry Commission in Dorset. I have great supervision within the Biological Sciences department and I am encouraged to attend large conferences both in the UK and abroad which are a great chance to network with other researchers in my field.

Studying for a PhD gives you the unique opportunity to carry out independent research in your particular field of interest. From day-to-day, working towards a PhD is intense, yet diverse and flexible. The passion for my subject and the support of supervisors and colleagues are what make my research enjoyable.

Studying for a PhD also opens up opportunities to improve your science communication skills; I have given workshops here at Southampton and at local colleges to encourage students to go to University.

I am currently exploring opportunities in further academic research as well as teaching following the completion of my PhD.

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