Tanith Hackney (Founder & Co-organiser)
I’m an Integrated Masters student at the University of Sheffield working on parrot conservation, ecological modelling, and the amphibian extinction crisis. I’m a licensed bird ringer (bander), and happiest when working in the field somewhere hot and sunny!
I spent 2018 and 2019 researching the impacts of selective logging on bird diversity and demographics in the lowland Dipterocarp rainforest of Malaysian Borneo, which made me aware of the importance of involving and training local communities. We’re still feeling the impact of colonialism in conservation, which I strive to dismantle in every aspect of my work.
As a first-generation queer woman, I am particularly passionate about reducing discrimination and improving safety and accessibility in fieldwork and the academic environment.
I coordinate and oversee the running of the Bio-Diverse Festival. I’m also the primary organiser for the scientific talks, Q&As, and Twitter conference.
Rebecca Ford (Co-organiser)
I'm a Biology BSc (1st Class) graduate from the University of Sheffield and start my Master's in Science Communication in October! I am also Chair of the Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers committee, improving the accessibility of conservation work and being involved in numerous conservation projects around Sheffield and the Peak District.
Living in England and France, I have grown up subject to racism and sexism in both personal and professional contexts. Despite these circumstances impacting my mental health, I continue to apply my experience to further both my personal understanding and effective support of others' diverse needs, and has driven my work for better inclusion in biology and conservation.
I'm a co-organiser for the Bio-Diverse Festival, and oversee the planning for this year's discussion panel.
Jasmine Trinder (Co-organiser)
I’m a final year Zoology BSc student at the University of Sheffield. I have broad academic interests which include animal behavior, evolutionary biology and science communication. I attended a course on environmental ethics at the University of Helsinki which prompted me to consider the intersection between environmental and social issues.
I’ve been fortunate in my access to education and from 2012-2014 I attended a United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Studying at an international school that emphasised the importance of embracing diversity to create positive social change was transformative. Now, as a first-generation female student in the UK, I continue to be an advocate for equity in education, academia and employment.
I am a co-organiser and a moderator for the Bio-Diverse Festival 2020. My primary responsibilities are setting up and running the BDF blog, organising the ‘Day in the Life’ videos and liaising with organisations to fundraise and promote their work.