My research at Durham focuses primarily on how species interactions influence range dynamics and coexistence in birds. These interactions include interspecific territoriality, hybridisation and exploitative competition. I try to determine what factors influence the liklelihood of species pairs defending interspecific terriotories and hybridising. Additionally, I look at how these species interactions have influenced historical range changes and how they may influence them in the future as species ranges shift as result of climate change.
I am an avid birdwatcher and have birded in Costa Rica, Mexico and Kenya as well as extensively in the UK. In my undergraduate research I focussed on mutualism and parasitism in the two species of oxpeckers. For my MBiol project I investigated the effect of territoriality on range expansion in birds using continental scale databases from North America and Europe.
Position: PhD Student
Supervised by: Dr. Jonathan Drury
Membership: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre
Contact Details: Department of Biosciences,
Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE.
2021-present, PhD Biosciences, Durham University
2017-2021, MBiol Biosciences, Durham University