Frances first qualified in Zoology and Ecology and later Environment, Sustainability and Society. Her interests sits at the point where humans and nature meet, and how that interaction is negotiated. Between degrees she worked in school textbook publishing, and continues her appreciation for education through assisting primary school learners with their reading and writing. She cares deeply about both humans, animals and wider social and ecological systems. Her life project is to contribute to finding a fairer negotiation between the seemingly conflicting demands of humans and nature.