My research interests are broad, encompassing global change biology, migration, phenology and conservation planning under climate change. My PhD research focuses on the influence of climate on avian migrant distributions at a global scale. By considering how climate influences different facets of migration ecology - range shifts, phenological change and changes in resource availability - I hope to provide a detailed understanding of how climate change is affecting bird migration. I use bioclimatic models to forecast potential shifts in climatically suitable areas for migrant breeding and non-breeding distributions. Assessing the vulnerability of migrant species to climate change, at a global scale, is vital for effective conservation planning.
Position: PhD Student in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Supervised by: Dr. Stephen Willis, Dr. Philip Stephens
Membership: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre,
British Ecological Society
Contact Details: School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
Durham University South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.
Phone: +44 (0)191 334 1266
2011-present PhD Biology, Durham University, United Kingdom
2009-2010 MSc Ecology, Evolution & Conservation, Imperial College London, UK
2005-2009 BSc Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Phillimore, A. B., Proios, K., O'Mahony, N., Bernard, R., Lord, A. M., Atkinson, S. & Smithers, R. J. 2013. Inferring local processes from macro-scale phenological pattern: a comparison of two methods. Journal of Ecology, 101, 774-783.
Durham Doctoral Scholarship, 2011
2011- present BTO C-permit bird ringer with the Northumbria ringing group
2012 Field assistant estimating survival of birds in the tropical forests of Trinidad with
Dundee University and St. Andrews University
2010 Research assistant on the Primate and Predator Conservation project in Africa, Durham University
2010 Research assistant on movement ecology of the urban fox at Bristol University, UK.