My interest is conservation science with a focus on evidence based approaches to identifying important issues, investigating their causes and testing solutions. Assessing the current effectiveness of protected area management and emerging environmental challenges brings together my work and research concerns. Working on the conservation management of wetland habitats and associated avian populations in the United Kingdom and Middle East region highlighted to me the benefits of reviewing, developing and testing best practice. Adapting approaches from conservation science to wider industrial applications such as wetland treatment systems and building capacity in new environmental management communities is an area that I find particularly rewarding.
My PhD research investigates the decline of saltmarsh breeding Redshank, Tringa totanus, in North West England. New environmental monitoring techniques and a multi-factorial modelling approach will identify the drivers of population and habitat change. An evidence based framework for future management decisions under changing environmental conditions will be disseminated to conservation practitioners.
Position: PhD Student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Prof. Brian Huntley and Prof. Stephen Willis
Memberships: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre
Contact details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE
Tel: 07914 0693901
2016 - Present PhD Biological Sciences, Durham University
1991 - 1992 MSc Environmental Management, University of Stirling
1987 - 1990 BSc Geography, Goldsmiths, University of London