Daisy Bartholemew will join the CEG in October 2015 as an MBiol student, working on the impacts of climate change on the conservation of birds and mammals across Africa. Daisy will use results from Species Distribution Models already developed in the CEG research group to project the current and potential future ranges of African mammals and birds. We will combine these projections with Site Prioritisation Algorithms to establish the most cost effective conservation solutions for biodiversity across Africa under various future climate change projections.
A new NERC IAPETUS funded project will officially commence this October exploring the UK’s dawn chorus, it’s drivers, and it’s impact on both the birds that take part in it and on the people that experience it. The project includes British Trust for Ornithology as a CASE partner, and we will also be working with Professor Mark Whittingham, a biologist at Newcastle University. We are excited to be welcoming Stuart Brooker back to the CEG as a PhD student to work on the project in October. Stuart is shortly to submit his research MSc with CEG exploring ecosystem services and biodiversity in urban environments.
We will be using newly available acoustic recorders and automated song recognition software to monitor and characterise the dawn chorus as its spreads across the UK. We deployed 20 recorders across UK woodland in 2014 and have just redeployed them again to monitor the onset of this year’s dawn chorus, which is now becoming apparent as dawn gets earlier.
We’ll post updates on the project, which is working in collaboration with RSPB reserves across the country, during the course of the project.
Welcome to Dr Francesco Ferretti, who will be visiting us from the University of Siena, Italy, until the end of April. Francesco works on competitive interactions between herbivores, focusing particularly on red deer chamois interactions in the Apennines. Whilst in Durham, he will be looking at the potential for climate change to interact with and modulate the intensity of competition in this system.