At the RSPB, I lead a programme of research focusing on the birds, habitats and wider biodiversity of the UK uplands, finding solutions to the problems they face. This has included research into the effects of land uses such as commercial and native woodland creation, grazing, wind farms, grouse moor management and peatland restoration.
I also lead work to identify the causes of decline of species including curlew, black grouse and whinchat and design action to address these declines. I manage a Conservation Scientist, Dr Irena Tomankova, along with a variable number of research assistants each year.
I have a range of research experience and provide training in areas including data analysis, scientific publishing and fieldwork including bird survey techniques, radio tracking and ringing.
- 2020: Associate Editor of Ibis
- 2020: ACCE Doctoral Training Programme (RSPB rep)
- 2017: National Peatland Research and Monitoring Group Scotland
- 2016: UK and Ireland Curlew Action Group
- 2016: BES Review College (grants)
- 2011: Black Grouse Scottish Steering Group
Partners and Collaboration
- Prof Kirsty Park, Stirling University
- Dr Karl Evans, Sheffield University
- Dr Jan Axmacher, University College London
- Prof Nicola Koper, University of Manitoba
- Prof James Pearce-Higgins, BTO
- Dr Davide Scridel, ISPRA
- Dr Nick Littlewood, SRUC