My current role focuses on managing many of the 'business' elements of a science team. Making sure the science gets done and is used effectively. This is done by getting the finances, recruitment, and equipment right and making sure the right communication is happening between our scientists and the wide range of other teams within the RSPB.
My previous research roles with the RSPB have focused on identifying causes of and solutions to conservation problems faced by birds and other wildlife on UK farmland.
Bird movements on a whole range of scales and bird demography are particular areas of interest for me. I assist a wide range of research projects in the UK with a focus on those requiring bird trapping, ringing and tagging. I am one of the science leads for RSPB's work on the Globally Threatened spoon-billed sandpiper, focusing on surveys and satellite tracking on their migration routes and wintering grounds.
I manage the science admin and technical support teams. The people who get our scientists to where they need to be, get them all the equipment they need to carry our the science, and get them paid!
I am an experienced manager of a wide range of people, projects, finances and science communications. My field biology background gives me good field skills and experience of a wide range of UK and global habitat types. Particularly bird identification, wildlife survey methods, avian ecological studies, bird ringing and electronic tagging and wide ranging experience of training others in all these.
- Qualified trainer under the British and Irish Bird Ringing Scheme
- 2007-2010: British Trust for Ornithology Ringing Committee member
- 2006-present: Ringing & Migration Editorial Board member
Partners and Collaboration
- Phil Grice and Dr Andy Brown, Natural England
- Dr Nigel Clark, British Trust for Ornithology
- Dr Baz Hughes and Dr Richard Hearn, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
- Prof Chang Qing, Nanjing Normal University