The team

The WSBRC team is made up of 4 permanent members of staff and several long-term volunteers, with occasional variable hours staff and other volunteers joining us on a short-term basis.


Dr Simon Sanghera – WSBRC Manager

Simon is a behavioural ecologist, having previously worked at the University of Bristol. He plans to add a research focus to the monitoring work done by the WSBRC.

Chrysoula Drakaki – Biological Records Data Officer

Chrys works at the WSBRC alongside studying for a Masters in Geographic Information Systems. Having moved away from her native Greece, she was volunteering with the Centre of Environmental Data and Recording in Northern Ireland before joining the WSBRC.

Jonny Cooper – Biological Records & Research Assistant

Jonny started volunteering at WSBRC in late 2014 during a gap year and continued to volunteer whilst studying; joining the team as a staff member in 2017. He has an interest in birds, being a keen birder and qualified bird ringer. Within WSBRC he runs the Braydon Forest Curlew Project as well as managing data searches.

Dr Abigail Marshall – Technical Officer

Abigail is also part-time with the WSBRC. Her previous work has included working in mathematical modelling and quantitative research into fisheries ecology.

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