About me

I’m an ecologist / ornithologist with interests in avian population ecology, land-use, long-distance migration, conservation, reproducible research and the effective communication of science and data.

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I’ve just finished a PhD at the University of East Anglia, and am now a Conservation Scientist / Post-Doctoral Research Assistant with the RSPB / University of Cambridge, based in the recently inaugurated David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.

I enjoy being in the great outdoors; noticing, photographing, and sometimes identifying wildlife.

My main research activities to date are detailed below:

Conservation Scientist / PDRA – comparing land sparing and sharing in the UK

In my new role (RSPB / University of Cambridge) I will investigate whether the balance between food production and biodiversity in lowland England can best be met through wildlife-friendly farming (‘land sharing’) or high-yield farming combined with the protection of land for wildlife (‘land sparing’), or a combination of the two. Watch this space.

PhD – Conservation ecology of the European Roller

My PhD (University of East Anglia) investigated various aspects of the ecology of the European Roller, a long-distance migrant of conservation concern. I enjoyed a rewarding combination of fieldwork (in France and Latvia), labwork and R. As well as demonstrating key differences in the breeding ecology of my two study populations (papers coming soon?!), my research revealed important details of the migration of Rollers from across Europe (published here, blogged about here).

MBiolSci – Carry-over effects of non-breeding season weather on migrant breeding success

My Master’s research project (University of Sheffield) investigated inter-annual correlations between non-breeding season weather and breeding success of three British migrant birds of conservation concern. This research revealed important associations between weather – in both Africa and the Mediterranean – and breeding phenology, with knock-on effects on breeding success (published here).