Professional experience

2019 – present
Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of Biology, Free University of Berlin.
During this fellowship I aim to: (1) identify the factors that cause global variation in the availability of impact data for alien birds (Evans T & Blackburn TM, 2019); (2) identify the factors that influence the vulnerability of native birds to the environmental impacts of alien birds (Evans T et al. Submitted); (3) develop novel citizen science methods to further our understanding of the distribution and impacts of alien species.

2019 – present
Associate Editor, BioInvasions Records.

2019 – present
IUCN EICAT Authority.
I am part of a small international team of invasion scientists responsible for the development and implementation of a new methodology to quantify and categorise the environmental impacts of alien species: the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT). EICAT will be formally adopted by the IUCN in 2020: it is aimed to complete EICAT assessments for all known alien species worldwide shortly thereafter. The EICAT Authority will oversee the assessment process and publish completed assessments on the IUCN website.

2018 – present
Journal reviewer.
Diversity and Distributions, Global Change Biology, NeoBiota, Scientific Reports.

2017 – 2018
Graduate Student Mentor, Division of Biosciences, University College London.

2010 – 2011
Consents Officer, EDF Energy, London.
Following a secondment from Royal Haskoning to EDF Energy (see below), I was employed directly by EDF Energy to manage aspects of an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) for the construction of a nuclear power station in Somerset (Hinkley Point C). Responsibilities included: management of a team of ecological consultants; consultation with stakeholders (including the Environment Agency, Natural England, Somerset County Council and the local community) to determine the scope of the EcIA; technical review of all consultant inputs, including survey reports; drafting final ecology chapters for the Environmental Statement prepared to support the development application.

2007 – 2010
Environmental Scientist, Royal Haskoning, Haywards Heath.
EIA project management for numerous environmental enhancement projects including river restoration schemes, flood alleviation schemes and water level management plans. This role included a secondment to the Environment Agency, working as a Senior Environmental Project Coordinator for the National Environmental Assessment Service (NEAS), managing EIAs undertaken for internal Environment Agency flood alleviation schemes.