Committee Profiles 2016-2o17

Chair: Martyna Zelek


Martyna is a third year biologist at Jesus college. A fan of tropical rainforests and the uniqueness of their ecosystem, Martyna enjoys travel and volunteering for conservation of these habitats. She sees herself continuing a career in conservation with a special interest in policy making and conservation of moth species

Vice-Chair: Ben Balmford


Ben has just graduated from Oxford with a BA in Biological Sciences, and is now exploring the world of research in preparation for applying to PhD programmes. His work focusses on developing models to inform conservation and land-use policy

Secretary: Sirimon Thomas

Treasurer: Jack Davies


Hailing from North Wales, Jack is a second-year biologist at St Hugh’s College. Having been fascinated by wildlife for over 10 years, he has developed a special interest in birds and insects, particularly moths and beetles. He contributes to conservation by working at the Oxford Museum of Natural History to improve our understanding of the current decline in British dung beetles

Blog and social media organiser: Yi Yeoh


Yi is a second year Biology student at LMH with an interest in plants and wildlife conservation. She has been involved in plant propagation, species rediscoveries and habitat restoration works in the tropics and she enjoys taking trips to nature reserves to photograph plant and animal life.

Sponsorship rep: Matt Sutton


Matt is a third year Earth Scientist at Teddy Hall. Inspired into natural sciences through hiking, photography and David Attenborough documentaries, his main interests are in palaeobiology and the evolution of ecosystems on geological timescales

Speaker secretaries: Maia Perraudeau and Jake Quinn


Maia is a fourth year Law with French law student wanting to go into environmental law. She is interested in the role law plays in deciding how we use land and in promoting sustainable use of resources


Jake is a third year Biologist at St Catherine’s College. A recent convert to vegetarianism, he is interested in how humans can live in harmony with their environment and has written published articles on international conservation issues. He hopes to travel extensively and work for an international environmental organisation.

Logistics: Katy Chapman


Katy is a third year biologist at Jesus College, hoping to go on to a Masters degree in conservation once she graduates. She’s particularly interested in human-wildlife conflict, reintroductions and rewilding, and environmental law. She enjoys going to wildlife reserves to look at, photograph, and paint everything from beetles to trees.

Practical conservation officer: Brittany Maxted


Brittany is a second year Biology student at The Queen’s College. She has been volunteering for conservation charities since the age of 14 and is keen to encourage others to take an interest in conservation issues. Practical conservation is a great activity for mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps to improve natural history knowledge. Plus, volunteer work always looks great on your CV! Each term Brittany will be organises day trips to local nature reserves, giving you all the opportunity to get hands on with habitat management, infrastructure maintenance, and hopefully some wildlife watching in-between!

 Advisors: Kim Jacobsen and Abigail Motley


Kim is the founder of the OUNCS. When he started his degree at Oxford he was surprised that there wasn’t already a conservation society at the university, so decided to set one up. His research interests lie at the intersection between the natural and social sciences. He’s interested in finding ways to use social science to ensure more successful conservation and to use ecological methods to study human behaviour in novel ways.


Abigail studied biological sciences at Oxford from 2012 – 2015, carried out a research internship with the Oxford Long Term Ecology Lab from 2015-2016 and is now a DPhil candidate on the NERC Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Sciences. Since 2012, Abigail has been Events Organiser, President and all-round-general-fan of OUNCS. Abigail’s research interests lie in the use of palaeoecology in conservation policy, restoration ecology and temperate woodland ecology. She is passionate about educating people on the awesomeness of Atlantic hazel woods on a mizzly Irish afternoon.


Previous Committees


Chair: Ben Balmford

Secretary: Kaitlin Deutsch

Treasurer: Sirimon Thomas

IT and Communications: Jack Common

Practical Conservation Officers: Owain Turner, Max Brown

Advisor: Kim Jacobsen


Co-Presidents (2015): Emilie Brignall & Richard Holbrow

President (2014): Abigail Motley

Secretary: Ruth Ng

Treasurer: Emilie Brignall

IT Coordinator: Richard Holbrow

Fundraiser & Events Organiser : Tom White

Speaker Secretaries: Alan Ward, Ben Balmford & Laura Perry

Advisor: Kim Jacobsen

2013 – 2014

Secretary and Fundraiser: Benno Simmons
President: Tom Timberlake
Vice-President and Treasurer: Tom Bregman
Secretary and Fundraiser: Benno Simmons
IT Coordinator: Jeremy Cusack
Event organiser: Abigail Motley
Speaker  Secretaries: Priscilla Corbett, Harriet Lambert, Amber de Vere
Advisor: Kim Jacobsen


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