Michelle Gurney

Visitor Research Officer

2009-2012 BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management and Marine Conservation, Plymouth University
2013-2014 PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Education (HE / Lifelong Learning), Plymouth University

Based at Newquay Zoo & Paignton Zoo


Role and research interests

My current role is to investigate and analyse visitor behaviour at WWCT zoo sites using a variety of research methods, including observation, interviews and mapping of visitor movements using GPS and GIS mapping software.
Not only will this research inform the WWCT about the behaviour of visitors and their engagement with the conservation goals of our zoos, but it will also develop in-house tracking and mapping capacity for use in a variety of conservation contexts.

Professional activity

Teaching on marine ecology, marine science and biology modules for FdSc, and BSc courses at Cornwall College Newquay as part of my recent PGCE, (plus occasional guest lecturing at the college). I have also volunteered on various local environmental projects over the last few years, mainly with the Wildlife Trusts.


Visitor research – behaviour and engagement