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Personal profile


  • Associate Professor, University of East Anglia (2021 -)
  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2014 - 2021)
  • NERC Fellow, University of East Anglia (2011 – 2014)
  • BBSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Reading (2008-2011)
  • Research Fellow, University of Reading (2006-2008)
  • Research Biologist, RSPB (2004-2006)
  • DPhil – Conservation Ecology, University of Oxford (2004)
  • MRes – Ecology & Environmental Management, University of York (2001)
  • BSc – Zoology, University of Nottingham (1998)



Key Research Interests

My research aims to develop and enhance the evidence-base explaining continued global biodiversity losses and supporting the targeted delivery of conservation management measures designed to halt them. I use a range of observational, experimental and modelling approaches to address the mechanistic links between land-use change and biodiversity health and to identify potential synergies and conflicts between competing demands for space, particularly in agricultural and woodland systems. The pure science foundations of my research are explicitly linked to applied endpoints; I use this research to identify appropriate preventative or mitigation measures to conserve biodiversity and to facilitate the development of sustainable, multi-functional systems. I am also interested in the development of objective frameworks for selecting indicator species.

Research Projects


  • Using population synchrony to target conservation action (NERC grant, PI 2020-2023)
  • Seasonal interactions and rapid population declines in Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds (NERC grant, Co-I with Dr J Gill 2014-2017)
  • Quantifying functional space requirements to improve the targeted delivery of conservation management (NERC Fellowship 2011-2014)

PhD projects:

  • Linking landscape structure to productivity and population change in migratory birds (PhD; Sarah Binnie 2021-2025)
  • The role of birds in tropical perennial systems: the effect of landscape and management approaches on ecosystem service and disservice provision (PhD; Natalia Zielonka 2019-2023; co-supervisor with Dr L Dicks, University of Cambridge)
  • Combining habitat conservation and risk modelling to save the endangered Barberry Carpet moth (PhD; William Millard 2020-2023; Supervisory Team with Dr D Saunders, JIC)
  • Drivers of ocean movement patterns in Round Island petrels (PhD; Kirsty Franklin 2018-2022; co-supervisor with Prof J Gill)
  • Road verges for bumblebee conservation: a green infrastructure opportunity or an ecological trap (PhD; Claire Wallace 2018-2022; co-supervisor with Dr L Dicks, University of Cambridge)
  • Improving and extending the use of biodiversity indices (PhD; Enya O'Reilly 2018-2022)

Other projects:

  • Sonic ornithology - a data sonification project in collaboration with Kingsley Ash (Leeds Beckett University, http://kingsleyash.com/) converting bird census and land-use data into music and sound. Preliminary work presented at the International Ornithological Conference, Tokyo 2014

Completed PhD projects

  • Intra-specific variation in the breeding ecology and population dynamics of the European Roller Coracias garrulus (PhD; Tom Finch)
  • The role of habitat and climate change in recent declines in Eastern and Western populations of European rollers Coracias garrulus (PhD; Phil Saunders: co-supervisor with Dr A Franco)
  • The ecology of Hispaniolan Solenodon and Hispaniolan Hutia in agricultural and native forest systems in the Dominican Republic (PhD; Ros Kennerley: co-supervisor with Dr M Nicoll, University of Reading)
  • The benefits of agri-environmental management: insights from the wider countryside (PhD; Helen Hicks: co-supervisor with Prof K Norris, University of Reading)
  • Changes in UK wild bird populations and their cultural values (PhD; Natalie Clark: co-supervisor with Prof K Norris, University of Reading)
  • Assessing changes in land-use on the nest-site selection, population dynamics and feeding ecology of the Little Owl in Britain (PhD; Emily Joachim: co-supervisor with Dr M Nicoll, University of Reading)

Life in our Research Group

Our research focuses on the links between land-use change, resource availability and population dynamics. We currently work with national and international conservation NGOs on a range of study systems in the UK, Europe and further afield and would be interested in discussing potential collaborative projects with conservation organisations. The group is part of the Organisms and Environment Research theme, the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC) and has links with the School of Environmental Sciences and the wider Norwich Research Park. Each of these organizations runs seminar programs and social events and group members are encouraged to attend and present at national and international conferences.

PhD Positions 

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for post-doctoral research projects, collaborations and funding applications.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2015 - current)
  • NERC Peer Review College and Panel Member (2012 - current)
  • Associate Editor, Ibis (2008 - current)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology (2008 - 2016)
  • UEA Christmas Lecture for Children 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0iz7q1ZwAc
  • External PhD examiner - Manchester Metropolitan University 2016
  • External PhD examiner - AgroParisTech, France 2012

Teaching Interests

  • Ecological Survey Methods (BIO-7028Y)
  • Conservation, Ecology and Biodiversity in the Tropics: Field course (BIO-5020K) 
  • Maths and Skills for Biologists (BIO-4008Y)
  • Supervision of undergraduate and MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation dissertation projects

Administrative Posts

  • BIO Plagiarism & Collusion Officer (2019 - )
  • UEA Senate Student Discipline Committee; Senate Student Discipline Appeals Committee (2021 -)
  • BIO Research Staff coordinator (2016 - 2021)
  • Member of BIO PGT Exam Board
  • Module Organiser: Ecological Survey Methods (BIO-7028Y)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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