Dr Jennifer Smart

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

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.

External Activities

  • 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

Contact

Jennifer Smart

Dr Jennifer Smart

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

jennifer.smart@rspb.org.uk

@drredshank

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Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems Protected areas UK species

Selected Publications

Scenarios of habitat management options to reduce predator impacts on nesting waders

Wetland ecosystems throughout the world are threatened by drainage and intensification of agriculture. Consequently, many wetland species of conservation concern are now restricted to fewer and smaller sites, and maintaining these species often requires...

Date
01 December 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Rebecca Laidlaw, Dr Jennifer Smart
Authors
Laidlaw, R.A., Smart, J., Smart, M.A. & Gill, J.A.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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UK Marine

Managing uplands for biodiversity: Do agri-environment schemes deliver benefits for breeding lapwing

Within Europe, agri-environment schemes are the key delivery mechanism for biodiversity conservation outside protected areas. Schemes have a range of land management options designed to deliver ...

Date
17 April 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Jennifer Smart, Prof Richard Gregory, Dr Mark Bolton
Authors
Smart, J., Bolton, M., Hunter, F., Quayle, H., Thomas, G. & Gregory, R.D.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Lapwing UK Agriculture UK species Upland

Light grazing of saltmarshes increases the availability of nest sites for Common Redshank Tringa totanus, but reduces their quality

The breeding population of Common Redshank Tringa totanus on British saltmarshes has reduced by >50% since 1985, with declines linked to changes in grazing management. Conservation initiatives have encouraged...

Date
05 April 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Jennifer Smart
Authors
Sharps, E., Garbutt, A., Hiddink, J.G., Smart, J. & Skov, M.W.
Published in
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 221: 71-78
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Redshank UK Marine

The use of predator-exclusion fencing as a management tool improves the breeding success of waders on lowland wet grassland

Waders breeding on lowland wet grassland have undergone dramatic declines across Europe in recent decades. Few species now achieve the levels of breeding success required for population stability and ...

Date
09 November 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Jennifer Smart, Lucy Mason
Authors
Malpas, L.R., Kennerley, R.J., Hirons, G.J.M, Sheldon, R.D., Ausden, M., Gilbert, J.C. & Smart, J.
Published in
Journal for Nature Conservation
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UK Agriculture Protected areas UK species

Illegal killing slows population recovery of a re-introduced raptor of high conservation concern - The red kite Milvus milvus

The re-introduction of extirpated species is a valuable conservation tool. Red kites Milvus milvus are declining over much of their European range and have been re-introduced to England and Scotland, ...

Date
29 March 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Jennifer Smart, Dr Innes Sim, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Smart, J., Amar, A., Sim, I.M.W., Etheridge, B., Cameron, D., Christie, G. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Biological Conservation
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Red kite Scotland UK species