Stuart A. Brooker
My overriding concern is for the conservation of habitats and species. I am interested in the spatial and temporal distribution of species within the landscape, and how populations and communities respond to environmental change and loss of habitat. I seek to understand the causal factors underlying population fluctuations, and ultimately, I hope that my work can offer remedies for the reversal of worrying declines.
Acoustic monitoring of some animal populations and communities is becoming an increasingly efficient process thanks to advances in passive sound recording equipment and associated analytical software. My current research at Durham University exploits such technology to investigate the phenomenon of the avian dawn chorus, specifically, the factors that influence its daily and seasonal onset, intensity and duration as it sweeps across the UK. In turn, these factors may be affected by climate change, with potentially adverse implications for the dawn chorus and the fitness of the players within it.
Position: PhD student in the Department of Biosciences
Supervised by: Dr. Stephen Willis, Professor Mark Whittingham, Dr. Philip Stephens, Dr. Stuart Newson, and Dr. Dave Leech
Memberships: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre,
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (Grad CIEEM),
Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB),
British Ecological Society
British Ornithologists' Union
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.
2015 - Present PhD Biological Sciences, Durham University
2013 - 2015 MScR Biological Sciences, Durham University
2009 - 2012 BSc Ecology (Honours), University of Essex
NERC Iapetus PhD Student Award, 2016
The Grevillea Trust Masters Scholarship, University of Durham, 2013
The Society of Biology Student Award, University of Essex, 2012
The Abel-Imray Project Prize, University of Essex, 2012
The Environmental and Conservation Prize, University of Essex, 2012
The Environmental and Conservation Prize, University of Essex, 2011
Moth Trapping at Durham University - see 'Stu's Top Moths'