Zoë studied Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University, qualifying with a first-class honours degree in 2004. In 2017 she graduated from Leicester University, where she was awarded a Masters with Distinction in Museum Studies. For her dissertation she was presented the Professor Susan Pearce Prize, which is given to the student who achieves the highest mark in the year for projects relating to museum and gallery objects and collections.
Her work in the Hope Entomological Collections has led to a specialism in historic collections research, particularly with regard to identification of type material. She has an interest in the material culture of natural history collections, especially relating to insects and/or Victorian era collections with which sale and exchange of specimens is linked to patterns of global trade and exploration.
She is co-author of Rare and Wonderful: Treasures of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a science advisor on a number of popular children’s books.