I investigate the environmental impacts of proposed new developments (eg renewable energy installations, airports) and the effectiveness of protected area networks for species conservation. Much of my research has focused on the bird species for which the UK is globally important, such as seabirds and wintering waterbirds.
I lead a small team of scientists. Together we provide the primary research and scientific advice required for RSPB policy and casework that aims to ensure the effective conservation of our finest wildlife sites. I represent the RSPB on a range of external groups with nature conservation, government and industry partners, largely in relation to the impacts of renewable energy developments on birds.
I am an experienced manager of people and projects, have managed several large collaborations and provide scientific advice to a wide range of government and industry partners.
My field skills include bird ringing (including specialist techniques such as cannon netting and GPS tagging) and a wide range of bird survey techniques. I have considerable experience of training others in these skills.
- 2016 to present: Associate Editor of Bird Study
- Honorary Secretary and Scientific Committee Member, Wash Wader Ringing Group
- 2016 to present: Member, UK Marine Renewables Ornithology Group