My research has included the breeding ecology of songbirds on lowland farmland and the importance of host availability for population dynamics in the cuckoo.
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, wind farms and grouse moor management on species including curlew, golden plover, black grouse and whinchat.
I manage a Conservation Scientist, Dr Philippa Gullett, 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.
- 2015: British Ornithologists Union Meetings Committee
- 2013: Research Sub-Group of the Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group
- 2012: Black Grouse Scottish Steering Group
Partners and Collaboration
- Dr Kirsty Park, Stirling University
- Dr James Pearce-Higgins, British Trust for Ornithology
- Dr Andreas Heinemeyer, York University