Meet the team

Taya Forde ~ Taya is a lecturer in bacterial disease ecology, applying a range of molecular and genomic tools to understand patterns of transmission in different pathogen systems. She is one of the leaders of the OHRBID lab at Garscube campus (One Health Research in Bacterial Infectious Diseases). Taya has been the leading light for the Naturally Speaking team since 2018.

Max Hadoke ~ Max graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Zoology and is currently undertaking a Masters of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology. He also works as a graduate teaching assistant, with a keen interest in demonstrating statistics, while his Masters project is examining the application of deer monitoring methods for use in deer management.

Rachel Lennon ~ Rachel is a PhD student focusing on the health of marine mammals in Scotland. She will be using stranding data and pathology reports to access the impacts of disease, contaminants, and anthropogenic stressors on these marine megafauna. She graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Biology and then continued on to her MSc in Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter. 

Paddy McCleave ~ Paddy is a Masters student studying variation in the microbiome of lichens in Scotland. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Zoology. He has a keen interest in science communication and ensuring that current research and ideas are available and accessible to everyone.

Mar Pineda ~ Mar is a second year PhD student at SBOHVM whose research focuses on fisheries and environmental change. Alongside her PhD, she also has a great interest in science communication and teaching.

Nic Strowbridge ~ Nic is a PhD student interested in the study of adaptation using genomic and transcriptomic techniques. He is now focused on investigating the underlying molecular mechanisms of colouration in fire salamanders. Nic graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and completed his Masters of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, before coming to Glasgow to do his PhD.

~ Additional active members: Graeme Cullen, Emilia Johnson, Anna Kinghorn, John Smout, Mariel Tendoeschate, Rachael Ward, I-Ting Tu

~ Support provided by: Claire Malcolm and Nathan Miller

Many thanks to past contributors to Naturally Speaking ~

Original founders: Zara Gladman, Shaun Killen, James Buckley, James Grecian and Sjúrður Hammer, with thanks to the Institute of Biodiversity and Animal health for providing the initial funding.

Previous team members: Lydia Bach, Laurie Baker, James Burgon, Jim Caryl, Eleni Christoforou, Ana Costa, Lucy Gilbert, Karen Hotopp, Ellen Hughes, Joey Humble, Jacqueline Jacot, Miks Kundegorski, Stephen Larcombe, Elle Lindsay, Kirsty McWhinney, Keila Meginnis, Lizzy Mittel, Pat Monaghan, Katherine Needham, Emma Plant, Martina Quaggiotto, Ruben Riosa, Alexa Roditi, Kit Russell and Mohammad Saiful Islam Sajib.