Anna graduated in 2020 with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences, having achieved a First in all three years of her degree.

Throughout her time at Somerville, she developed an interest in Plant Science and wrote her FHS Project on a metalloprotease involved in plant immunity and her FHS Coursework on the evolution of senescence in plants.

Anna believes that urgent action is needed to reverse biodiversity decline and avoid a climate catastrophe. Thanks to the support of the Thatcher Scholarship, she has been able to volunteer a lot of her time to support a number of charities, activist groups and social organisations that promote sustainability and the environment. These include Echo Bonaire, an NGO working to save the endangered Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot, and Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, an Oxford-based society that promotes environmental and social benefits of cycling. She also sat on the newly-formed Somerville Sustainability Working Group.

Anna aims to build a career at the research-implementation interface of conservation biology through a combination of further study and practical experience in the environmental charity sector. 2020 has presented unique challenges to graduates, but Anna has found a way to put her laboratory skills to good use working in a Sars-Cov-2 testing lab.