Isla is a conservation scientist specialising in the management of human-wildlife conflicts. She earned her PhD in 2018 studying the contentious debates around raptor conservation and driven grouse shooting in Scotland, and has since advised on projects for Scottish government, WWF and the Luc Hoffman Institute. On the subject of conflict, she has produced a radio documentary for BBC Scotland and has written articles for BBC Wildlife and New Nature.
Before heading down the path less travelled of conflict resolution and environmental peacebuilding, Isla began life as a zoologist. She still keeps her toes in the water – metaphorically and literally – through her work as a writer and wildlife guide. Isla’s first book, Hidden Nature, was released in 2018 and she currently works as a marine guide for Basking Shark Scotland around the Inner Hebrides.
Isla is also passionate about supporting and celebrating the youth conservation movement, and aims to promote young voices through her role as associate director for A Focus On Nature, the UK’s youth nature network. AFON strives to create a safe platform for young people to connect and provides training and mentoring opportunities. Their second conference – Now for Nature – will be held in early September this year at the NHM in London.