My research is principally focused on the problems affecting breeding waders and the development of conservation solutions to address their population declines.
I am involved with a variety of projects tackling the predation issues faced by breeding waders on lowland wet grassland, as well as research into conservation management solutions to address the declines of redshank and other species such as the scarce pug moth on coastal saltmarsh. More recently, I have also been working with others at the RSPB and Durham University to develop an updated indicator of the impacts of climate change on European and North American bird species.
I manage a variable number of research assistants and postgraduate students each year and am experienced in data analysis using R, scientific report and paper writing. I conduct and provide training in field skills such as wader nest finding and chick ringing, radio-telemetry, predator monitoring and habitat surveys.
Partners and Collaboration
- Dr Steve Willis, Durham University
- Dr Philip Stephens, Durham University
- Elwyn Sharps, PhD student, Bangor University (2011 - 2014)