I studied biology and ecology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (1999-2005) and obtained my PhD (behavioural ecology of starlings) from Newcastle University (2005-2009). Since then, I have worked in post-doc positions at the University of Stirling and Newcastle. I am currently employed as Impact Research Fellow in Biological & Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling.
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.