Shannon grew up in Connecticut, USA, and has always been fascinated with animal behaviour. She studied Biology at James Madison University, concentrating on Ecology, while also participating full time in the university swim team. Eager to pursue her interest in behavioural studies, Shannon spent time in the psychology department, involved in multiple studies with field mice investigating landmark usage in foraging behaviours. During her studies, Shannon had the opportunity to volunteer at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah and Wild Dog Centre in the North West Province of South Africa, and was immediately captivated by the African wildlife. After spending time on a baboon behavioural research project in Cape Town, Shannon joined the Urban Caracal Project to gain insight into the area usage and movements of these elusive cats. When not running around the bush after wild animals, Shannon enjoys music, wine tasting, running, and spending time at the beach.
Impact of wildfire on Baboons in Cape Town, South Africa. (Supervisors: Justin O'Riain, Larissa Swedell, Steffen Foerster, Matthew Lewis)