Matt is an American PhD student based in London studying attractive toxic sugar baits for sandfly control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has wide experience conducting field and lab-based research on a diverse range of organisms. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Evolution and Ecology at Ohio State University (Columbus, USA) in 2011, and went on to work as a field assistant observing urban bird mating behaviour in Ohio. He then relocated to Hawaii where he monitored nesting sea turtles and trapped invasive insects.
This work inspired him to continue pursuing insect research, and he went on to investigate the foraging ecology of house flies (Musca domestica) for his Master of Pest Management degree at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). Matt became interested in medical entomology during this research, and after defending his thesis in 2016 he relocated to London to work as a Research Assistant at an insect control product testing centre. He worked with various medically-important insects in this role including mosquitoes, biting midges, bed bugs, and flies. He also carried out fieldwork in Ethiopia.