I have worked on a variety of projects since joining the RSPB in 2005. Initially my work was focused on testing how well agri-environment schemes perform, for wider biodiversity (in England) and for target species (in Wales). I have a continuing interest in breeding lapwing on arable land; specifically the ability of fallow plots to improve chick productivity.
More recently, I have been involved in projects measuring ecosystem services (the benefits that people derive from nature). This has included work in the UK Overseas Territories of Anguilla and the Cayman Islands and in continental Europe, as well as case studies within the UK. This work frequently involves assessing the value of habitat restoration or protection relative to alternative management.
I sit on the steering committee for TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment), along with representatives of other organisations from the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
Prior to joining the RSPB I gained a PhD at the University of Tasmania, and worked in Tasmania on research projects aimed at improving bird conservation in agricultural and forest production landscapes.
Partners and Collaboration
- Dr Andrew Hoodless, Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust
Dr Michael MacDonald
Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science
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