Projects per year
- Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2014 - present)
- 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 and Expertise
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.
- 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)
- 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 biodviersity indices (PhD; Enya O'Reilly 2018-2022)
- 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.
Postdocs & Fellows
I am always happy to discuss possibilities for post-doctoral research projects, collaborations and funding applications.
- 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
- Ecological Survey Methods (BIO-7028Y)
- Maths and Skills for Biologists (BIO-4008Y)
- Supervision of undergraduate and MSc Applied Ecology & Conservation dissertation projects
- BIO Plagiarism & Collusion Officer (2019 - )
- BIO Research Staff coordinator (2016 - )
- Member of BIO PGT Exam Board
- Module Organiser: Ecological Survey Methods (BIO-7028Y)
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1/10/20 → 30/09/23
1/10/18 → 31/03/22
18/04/14 → 17/04/17
Use of chemical tracers to unravel migratory connectivity and carry-over effects in a near-threatened bird
Butler, S. & Finch, T.
1/04/13 → 31/10/13
- 36 Article
Morrison, C. A., Butler, S. J., Robinson, R. A., Clark, J. A., Arizaga, J., Aurin, A., Baltá, O., Cepák, J., Chodkiewicz, T., Escandell, V., Foppen, R. P. B., Gregory, R. D., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Atle Kalas, J., Lehikoinen, A., Lindstrom, A., Moshøj, C. M., Nagy, K., Leal Nebot, A. & 10 others, , 10 Mar 2021, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1946, p. 20202955 1 p., 20202955.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Non‐random sampling along rural‐urban gradients may reduce reliability of multispecies farmland bird indicators and their trendsHusby, M., Hoset, K. S. & Butler, S. J., 1 Apr 2021, In : Ibis. 163, 2, p. 579-592 14 p.
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Relación entre índices acústicos, duración de las grabaciones y tiempo de procesamiento: Una prueba metodológicaCifuentes, E., Gómez, J. V. & Butler, S. J., 1 Jan 2021, In : Biota Colombiana. 22, 1, p. 26-35 10 p.
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An analysis of trends, uncertainty and species selection shows contrasting trends of widespread forest and farmland birds in EuropeGregory, R., Skorpilova, J., Vorisek, P. & Butler, S., Aug 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 103, p. 676-687 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile34 Citations (Scopus)19 Downloads (Pure)
Franco, A. M., Račinskis, E., Schwartz, T. & Butler, S. J., Jul 2019, In : Ibis. 161, 3, p. 573-589 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)