Steph West (@BatGirlSteph78) is UK Biodiversity Training Manager at the Natural History Museum. In this episode I got a fascinating behind the scenes look at the work the NHM does but that you may not have heard about: training the next generation of specialist ecologists (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identification-trainers-for-the-future.html) and helping to conserve the world’s wildlife, as well as preserving specimens of dead animals and lost species. I also learn about Steph’s early fascination with bats. And she tells us that the skills she developed in the financial sector translate directly across to her career in conservation.
Steph also shares her view on what it’s like to work at the Museum, as well as telling us about how and where specimens are stored and some of her favourites, including the mysterious ‘spirit birds’. You can read more about Steph at this link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/stephanie-west.html
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