Iain has had a deep interest in the natural world since he was young which led him to study Zoology at the Glasgow University Institute of Biological and Life Sciences. Iain specialised in animal physiology and behaviour, particularly that of birds and mammals. Prior to working with the Field Studies Council Iain worked for the RSPB in North East Scotland, applying his university studies to landscape conservation. He has volunteered on survey work and habitat management at many locations in the UK and abroad. Iain has worked for the FSC since 2014 and loves having a carrer that lets him learn new things, be it species ID skills or local history. He enjoys finding new ways to teach key skills, be it geurilla stats workshops in the woods or blindfolded field sketches as well as connecting students to the natural spaces we are lucky enough at Malham Tarn to take for granted. His interests include wildlife photography and finding wildlife to photograph on foot or on his mountain bike.
Ellie is the Senior Tutor at Malham Tarn, having joined as a Tutor in late 2015. Ellie developed a love for fieldwork during her degree (BSc Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University) due to the wide availability of opportunies both abroad and at home. This passion for the subject helped Ellie to achieve the Manchester Geographical Society Prize for Best Degree in 2012. This enjoyment of fieldwork led Ellie to her first teaching roles; delivering ecology, geography and Key Stage 2 field courses on the Dorset coast. During this time, she completed a 34-week apprenticeship gaining a Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors as well as a Master Course in TEFL/TESOL. A keen amateur artist, working with watercolours, acrylics and linoprint, Ellie plans to one day create some Malham artworks to adorn the walls of Tarn House!
Aaron graduated in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Education with Geography at Liverpool John Moores University. At university he discovered his forte and interest in field work and studying the natural environment. This has also extended to a keen interest in wildlife. Particularly, identifying, recording and teaching visitors about the local flora and fauna around Malham Tarn. Prior to joining the Field Studies Council, Aaron worked as a marine wildlife conservationist in Central America where he gained experience teaching and conducting fieldwork. As a qualified Mountain Leader, he has led groups in North Wales and the Yorkshire Dales. In his free time, if he isn’t at home attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to cook new recipes or playing guitar, he can be found fell running the local hills, road cycling or going off on the occasional expedition. He has walked the entire Pennine Way in winter and once rode a bicycle 5,400km from England to Turkey.
Daniel has been exploring the outdoors from a young age during family holidays to Scotland and Devon. Curiosity about the outside world led to Daniel studying Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. At MMU he joined the Geological and Environmental Societies committee, helping to organise socials and trips. Being an Army Officer Cadet alongside university allowed him to develop team working and outdoor skills. After spending a week in Malta studying geo-conservation, he has a renewed interest in geomorphology and conservation. A placement year at FSC Malham Tarn offered a unique opportunity to not only learn about the outside world, but also to develop skills such as teaching and group leading.
Julia’s passion for the natural world began with numerous road trips and scout expeditions whilst growing up in a scenic Polish city. Her continuously growing love for travelling and all living beings led her to study Zoology MSci at the University of Sussex, where she discovered the joy of field courses, inspiring her to take up a placement position with the Field Studies Council, based in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. After this year, she is planning a two month research expedition into the Amazon Rainforest, so she is very keen to hear any advice you may have for her in this field. In her spare time, Julia enjoys mindfully hiking into the unknown, playing piano on a rainy day and has recently taken up rowing and mountaineering. She is also excited to take advantage of the opportunities the Yorkshire Dales provide to improve her mountain biking and wildlife ID skills.
My interest for the FSC started during one of my first year trips at Harper Adams University, when we went to study at FSC Slapton. I really liked their values and enjoyed their love for the environment. Currently, as a HE Placement student with the FSC, I’ve now had the opportunity of working at two centres within the Northern region. Since I grew up in a rural area in the Shropshire Hills, the importance of the environment has been engrained in me from a very young age – from deforestation to marine issues. This interest even overlapped into other lessons, from nature photography to drawings and abstract art based on animals. I now study Countryside Management, which covers sustainability, world issues and ecology (just to name a few), and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).