Key Research Interests and Expertise

Eurasian curlew 
MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation, UEA 2017-2018

The Eurasian curlew Numenius arquata is arguably the UK's most pressing avian conservation priority due to the species' global conservation status (IUCN Near Threatened), the international importance of UK's breeding populations and its long-term declines here in the UK (65% between 1970-2015). To inform potential conservation management interventions, I studied nest placement, nest survival and nest-predator identity within the UK's largest lowland curlew population (Breckland, UK) across two grass-heath sites, where vegetation structure was diversified prior to this study with ground-disturbance plots as part of a wider multi-taxa experiment (see Robert Hawkes for details and check Harry Ewing out who is carrying on the work on Breckland's curlews).


European nightjar
BSc Zoology, University of Nottingham, 2014-2017

The European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus is a migrant breeder in the UK, which is difficult to survey due to its elusive nature and being largely active at night. In 2016-2017, I was involved in a project studying the acoustic ecology of male nightjars by recording their calls during the breeding season in the Sherwood Pines Forest Park, UK, to try to identify individual males based on acoustic parameters within and across two breeding seasons, as well as to test whether the call structure varied significantly between paired and unpaired males. 


Project Godwit
2019

Project Godwit is a partnership between RSPB and WWT, working to increase the productivity of Black-tailed godwits Limosa limosa at the Nene and Ouse Washes, UK, to help their population recovery. During the 2019 breeding season, I worked as a fieldwork assistant, monitoring nests and chicks of godwits and other waders across the Nene Wash, as well as ringing and geo-tagging godwits and carrying out predator surveys.

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