Biology M.Sc (Expected) – Thesis Based
The University of Western Ontario (2013-Present)
Thesis Title: The Use of Great Lakes Islands by Migrating Bats

Biological Sciences, BA
The University of Oxford (2009-2012)

Aylesbury Grammar School (2001-2009)


University of Western Ontario, Graduate Teaching Assistant Union: Steward (2013-Present)
Provide first contact and support for student teaching assistants experiencing employment issues within the department.

University of Western Ontario, Society of Biology Graduate Students: Committee member (2013-Present)
Contribute to the organisation and running of a student society.

University of Western Ontario, Department of Biology Graduate Education Committee: Student Representative (2013-Present)
Present the views of graduate students, and participate in committee activities such as assessment of award/scholarship and new student applications.

Freelance Bat Surveyor (2008-2012)
Conducted acoustic and capture based surveys of bat activity.

Research Assistant, University of Oxford (2012)
Conduct an independent research project on moth behaviour.

Bernwood Forest Bechstein’s Project: Coordinator (2011-2012)
Continued the below project in a smaller area after the discovery of rare Bechstein’s bats.

Bat Conservation Trust Bechstein’s Project: Local Coordinator (2010-2011)
Located suitable sites, liaised with landowners, organised and trained volunteers and conducted surveys.


Thorne T, Fenton B. 2014. The Use of Great Lakes Islands by Migrating Bats. 44th Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.

Thorne T. 2014. Bats and Wind Power, An Issue on the Great Lakes. Earth Day Colloquim 2014, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Thorne T, Fenton B. 2013. The Use of Great Lakes Islands by Migrating Bats. Biology Graduate Research Forum, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. (Poster Presentation).

Thorne T. 2013. Social Networks in Bats. Bambi Research Seminar, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Thorne T. 2012. Social Networks in Bats. Bat Conservation Trust National Conference, York, UK.

Invited Talks

Social Networks in Bats:

Swindon Twilight Bat Project, Swindon UK. (2012)
Bedfordshire Bat Group, Haynes, UK. (2011)

The Science of Echolocation:

North Bucks Bat Group, Winslow, UK (2010)
Oxfordshire Bat Group, Oxford, UK. (2011)

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant, University of Western Ontario (2013-Present)

Winter 2013: Vertebrate Biology – ran tutorials in an online teaching environment, guided students in the production of written case studies and a presentation based on group work.

Fall 2013: Organism Physiology –led groups of students in laboratory experiments, and discussion tutorials. Marked student reports and provided feedback.

Winter 2014: Vertebrate Biology, Lead TA – in addition to the duties I undertook teaching this course in Winter 2013, I acted as lead TA, coordinating teaching and marking across all tutorial groups.

Skills Summary:

Handling of temperate and tropical bat species.

Bat capture using mist-net, harp-trap, hand-net and taking by hand.

Ringing / banding of bats.

Application of radio-tags to bats and tracking.

Acoustic surveying of bats.

Photography, videography and high-speed videography.