I do research that has practical applications for conservation of threatened species and for the wider profession of ecology and environmental management. I have a wide range of interests and I apply a variety of research techniques, including observational studies, experimental work and modelling.
My background is in applied avian ecology, including conservation of passerines, grouse and geese. More recently I have also been involved in mammalian conservation research, supervising PhD students on otters and ibex. Recent work has also focused on detection probability of camera traps, and improving avian breeding simulation models.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), where I am on the Training, Education and Careers Development Committee and the Academia Special Interest Group Committee. I am also a member of the IUCN Otter and Grouse Specialist Groups. I am on the Editorial Board for CIEEM’s quarterly publication ‘In Practice’ and I have been a peer reviewer for several journals including Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecological Modelling, and Ibis. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My teaching on our CIEEM-accredited MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation programme aligns with my research, contributing to the areas of statistics and modelling, applied ecology, biodiversity monitoring and analysis, and field surveying techniques.
I was previously a postdoctoral research scientist in Upland Research Group at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust [2010-2013] and did my PhD at the Centre for Agri-environmental Research, University of Reading, in conjunction with the Allerton Project, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust [2005-2009]. I have a BSc in Ecological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh [2001-2005].