My current research aims to explore the impact of variation in habitat and climate on the breeding performance of hole nesting tit species, such as blue tits and great tits, initially at a local scale but then expanding to nationwide. I also hope to be able to explore the potential impacts of any variation in breeding success on the populations of these common woodland species at local, regional and national scales.
Prior to my PhD studies I have undertaken a number of research projects both abroad and in the UK. Most recently I investigated the factors which influenced nest site selection in the European Roller at a site in southern France. As well as providing much needed research into this understudied species, the project also helped ensure conservation measures are being implemented effectively.
Position: PhD Student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Dr. Stephen G. Willis, Dr. Philip Stephens, Professor Mark Whittingham, Dr. Albert Phillimore, Dr. Dave Leech and Dr. James Pearce Higgins
Membership: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre,
British Ecological Society (BES),
British Ornothologists' Union
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.
2014-present PhD Biology, Durham University & British Trust for Ornithology
2013-2014 MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia
2010-2013 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London
IAPETUS NERC Doctoral Training Scholarship with BTO CASE partnership, 2014
2014 - present BTO trainee bird ringer with Tees Ringing Group