I am an ecologist with more than 15 years’ experience in avian population ecology and applied conservation and I spend a lot of my time testing possible solutions to conservation problems.
I have expertise in a range of species and habitats and my research has focused on using habitat, management and demographic data to understand patterns of occupancy and abundance at a range of scales from nests to landscapes.
Breeding waders are where my expertise lies, species like lapwing, redshank, black-tailed godwits and stone curlews. But I also spend a lot of time working on the mammal and avian predators that affect their success. Habitats of particular interest are coastal and freshwater wetlands, farmland and grass heaths.
Developing scientists of the future is important to me and I get a real buzz from seeing staff and students develop through my training and leadership. I am also passionate about science communication. I have an Honorary Research position at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where I am based most of the time.
- 2015 to present: British Trust for Ornithology Council appointed member of Ringing Committee
- 2014 to present: British Ornithologists' Union Council, Chair - British Ornithologists' Union Engagement Committee (2014-16), Chair - Ibis Management Committee (2016 to present)
- 2013 - 2016: Chair of the scientific committee of the Wash Wader Ringing Group
- 2012 - 2016: Associate Editor of Ibis
Partners and Collaboration
- Prof Jenny Gill, University of East Anglia
- Dr Dawn Scott, University of Brighton
- Dr Paul Dolman, University of East Anglia