As the only member of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science in Northern Ireland my role is inevitably a diverse one, ranging from single-species studies (currently focusing on swift foraging behaviour) to diagnosing declines in important seabird and waterbird populations.
Much of my time at RSPB for the last 8 years has been concerned with testing the efficacy of agri-environment schemes at halting declines in our two most threatened groups - breeding waders and farmland granivores.
Additional important roles are concerned with identifying monitoring and research needs, steering monitoring projects (eg seabirds, rare breeding birds) and periodic assessments of birds of conservation concern in Ireland.
I support my colleagues in the Northern Irish RSPB team in all sorts of ways including casework and policy development support, raptor persecution, ringing and surveying, identifying areas which require monitoring and research work and partnering with government bodies and academic partners in order to carry out research.
- 2015 to present: Member of the Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel
- 2005 to present: Secretary, Irish Brent Goose Research Group
Partners and Collaboration
- Prof Stuart Bearhop, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
- Dr Richard Inger, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter