With a long-standing interest in the conservation of global biodiversity, I want to look at techniques ecologists can use to monitor and predict the responses and vulnerability of our species to anthropogenic threats. Climate change is of particular importance to me, given the rapid and severe changes it will make to our ecosystems in my lifetime. This is reflected in my choice to conduct my level 3 literature review on how migratory birds are already responding to climate change, and how likely they can keep pace, through adaptation and possibly microevolution to avoid extinction. This research is essential to inform policy-makers and prevent mass species extinction.
My current research project for my MBiol at Durham University aims to produce global extents of occurrence and population estimates for all the world’s birds. These data will be used to re-evaluate conservation designation of avian species through assessing population vulnerability to extinction. Large global-scale biological databases spanning all species and regions are increasingly necessary for ecological research. However, data are often patchy and biased, so my project will involve multiple imputation to estimate missing values.
In my spare time, I love to be involved in active conservation management in the local area, through weekly volunteering as an executive member of Durham University Conservation Society. I am also a trainee BTO bird ringer, keen to contribute to the incredible citizen science schemes that the UK are so lucky to have.
Position: Integrated Masters (MBiol) Student
Supervised by: Prof. Stephen Willis
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences
Durham DH1 3LE
2016 - Present MBiol BioSciences, Durham University