I am an experienced researcher and field biologist with a specialism in spatial ecology, demography and woodland ecology. Spatial ecology links most of my areas of work.
My research centres on diagnosing causes of decline in Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds. I am especially interested in trophic mismatch, timings of migration, migration routes and linking migration behaviour to individual fitness and population trends. For this work I use the latest tracking technology, currently focusing on small passerines including pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, wood warbler and whinchat.
I also study causes of decline in non-migratory woodland birds, in particular in relation to habitat availability and dispersal propensity. I am also developing tools to guide and test single species spatial prioritisation - identifying locations where species recovery work is most effective and metapopulation consequences.
I manage a number of field assistants and MSc students each year, and currently co-supervise two PhD students at Edinburgh and Exeter universities. I work with academic researchers across Europe investigating migration behaviour in pied flycatchers, and in the UK I set up and run PiedFly.Net, a citizen science project monitoring hole-nesting woodland birds across Southwest England.
- 2015 to present: Advisor to Special Marks Technical Panel
- 2010 to present: Founded and run PiedFly.Net
- 2007 to present: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Partners and Collaboration
- Dr Ally Phillimore, University of Edinburgh
- Prof Charles Tyler, University of Exeter
- Prof Stu Bearhop, University of Exeter
- Dr Chris Hewson, British Trust for Ornithology