My role at the RSPB is to provide scientific support to issues surrounding site protection.
This often involves providing advice, or scientific input to colleagues working on case-work and planning. Therefore, many of my research interests are linked to understanding the potential impacts of developments such as wind farms, or other human infrastructure on wildlife.
While working at the RSPB I have been involved in research investigating the impacts of wind farms on breeding waders and on raptors. This has included using long-term mark-recapture data to calculate demographic rates and estimate impacts of additional mortality on population growth.
Many of the projects I have worked on have also involved modelling species’ distributions and habitat preferences, including those of white-tailed eagles, seabirds at sea and various upland waders.
In addition to these analytical skills, I have a strong background in field surveys, including breeding and wintering waders, seabirds at sea and collecting behavioural data, but in my present role, spend more of my time in the office.