Dr John Mallord

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

My research at the RSPB has largely been focused on the ecology of declining species in the UK (including bittern, song thrush, house sparrow and wood warbler), and the causes of their population declines.

Currently, my work is focused on the problems faced by Afro-Palearctic migrants, especially issues arising on their wintering and stopover grounds. Field studies in Africa have so far concentrated on wood warbler and turtle dove, although work on other species is being developed. I also oversee the satellite tagging of turtle doves in the UK. A developing area of work is investigating the socioeconomic drivers of land use change in Africa and testing solutions which are beneficial to people and biodiversity.

I manage a team of one full-time Senior Research Assistant and a number of shorter-term research assistants and students. In addition, I manage researchers in Ghana and Burkina Faso, who are undertaking work on European migrants.

I have been involved in ornithological research for more than 20 years and have developed various field (including ringing, radio-telemetry and nest-finding) and analytical skills.

External Activities

  • 2013 to present: Associate Editor of Bird Study

Partners and Collaboration

  • Japheth Roberts, Ghana Wildlife Society
  • Dr Hervé Lormée, Office National da la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage
  • Dr David Edwards, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Adama Nana, Naturama, Burkina Faso

Contact

John Mallord

Dr John Mallord

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

RSPB Centre of Conservation Science, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 3QZ

john.mallord@rspb.org.uk

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Specialisms

Agriculture Climate change International species Tropical forests UK species Woodland

Selected Publications

Diet flexibility in a declining long-distance migrant may allow it to escape the consequences of phenological mismatch with its caterpillar food supply

Climate-driven shifts in prey phenology may lead to asynchrony with the timing of peak resource requirements of their predators, leading to a reduction in productivity and population declines. Migrant species that...

Date
03 January 2017
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Chris Orsman, Prof Richard Gregory
Authors
Mallord, J.W., Orsman, C.J., Cristinacce, A., Stowe, T.J., Charman, E.C. & Gregory, R.D.
Published in
Ibis 159: 76-90.
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International International species

Are changes in breeding habitat responsible for recent population changes of long-distance migrant birds?

Capsule: The direction and magnitude of changes in structure of UK woodlands since the 1980s, are inconsistent with them playing a causative role in the declines of four migrant bird species in upland oak woods.

Date
03 May 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Paul Bellamy, Prof Richard Gregory
Authors
Mallord, J., Smith, K.W., Bellamy, P.E., Charman, E.C. & Gregory, R.D.
Published in
Bird Study
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Identifying problems UK species Woodland

Mortality of wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix nests in Welsh Oakwoods: predation rates and the identification of nest predators using miniature nest cameras

Capsule Predation was the main cause of nest failure, but predation rates have remained unchanged since the 1980s. Eurasian Jays Garrullus glandarius were the most common predator. Aims To quantify, ...

Date
27 March 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Nigel Butcher, Chris Orsman, Nigel Butcher
Authors
Mallord, J.W., Orsman, C.J., Cristinacce, A., Butcher, N., Stowe, T.J. & Charman, E.C.
Published in
Bird Study
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Wood warbler Wales UK species Woodland

The first case of successful double brooding in the Great Bittern

Date
01 January 2000
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Dr Gillian Gilbert
Authors
Mallord, J. W. and colleagues
Published in
Ibis
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Bittern England Protected areas UK species

Habitat use and tree selection of a declining Afro-Palearctic migrant at sub-Saharan staging and wintering sites

investigating home range size, habitat and tree species selection of Wood Warblers at a staging site in Burkina Faso (Koubri) and a wintering site in Ghana (Pepease).

Date
17 August 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Chris Orsman, Dr Juliet Vickery
Authors
Japheth T Roberts, Roger Skeen, Danaë K Sheehan
Published in
Bird Study, 63, 459-469
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International species UK species