Broadly, my interests are in behavioural ecology and conservation biology, and ornithology in particular. Specifically, I am interested in understanding and predicting behavioural responses to environmental change (anthropogenic or otherwise) in a range of species and systems. In this broad context, I am currently working on a project that aims to understand the landscape-scale effects of small wind turbines on birds and bats, with Kirsty Park.
My previous research has involved studies of behavioural syndromes or “animal personality” in wild starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)(see e.g. here, and here) and interference competition and predation risk in redshank (Tringa totanus). I have also been involved with a project aiming to develop a method to prioritise international species conservation efforts for DEFRA (MAPISCO).
Moreover I have a keen interest in statistical techniques as applied to problems in ecology and conservation, in particular mixed-effects modelling and Information-Theoretic approaches, Bayesian statistics and simulation modelling. I am also a keen birder and hold a BTO bird ringing licence.
Desk-based review of the methods used to assess the effects of Windfarms on different Bird Species
PI: Professor Kirsty Park
Funded by: Scottish Windfarm Bird Steering Group