I am an ecologist and conservation biologist in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences interested in tackling real-world conservation problems, particularly by investigating landscape-scale processes. My areas of teaching and research are quite varied, ranging from species ecology to wildlife monitoring and spatial modelling.
I joined the Open University in 2015. Prior to coming to the OU I was at the University of Hull's Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences.
Ecology of Brown Hares and Rabbits in agroecosystems.
Work investigating the distribution and ecology of these species which are of conservation interest as well as agricultural pests. Thus work is in collaboration with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, York.
Ecology and conservation of large tropical forest mammals.
Work on species including the highly endangered anoa, a dwarf buffalo endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, with perhaps only 3000 individuals in the wild, and Baird's Tapir in Honduras. This work informs activities of the IUCN Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group and Tapir Specialist Group.
Restoration of quarry silt lagoons for wader conservation.
This project is a partnership with HeidlebergCement, Hanson UK, the RSPB and Birdlife international, in collaboration with Will Mayes and Sue Hull at the University of Hull. We're looking at the characteristics of silt lagoons so that they might be improved as feeding habitat for wading birds and considering how they might improve connectivity in wetlands at large spatial scales.
Ecology and conservation of the Lambusango forests, Buton, South-east Sulawesi.
I have been involved in research in the Lambusango forest reserve on the island of Buton, South east Sulawesi, Indonesia for over a decade. This multi-disciplinary research is largely funded through the research tourism organisation Operation Wallacea. It currently examines a range of forest biodiversity questions and is exploring systems for forest carbon assessments using volunteer 'citizen scientests' as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.
I am always looking to take on suitably qualified research students in any of the above areas. If you are interested, contact me to discuss applications and possibilities for funding.
I teach a wide range of subjects across ecology and environmental science.
My research work is very applied and several previous and current projects have inputted into active wildlife monitoring and conservation, notably guidelines on surveying brown and mountain hares for ecological impact assessments and information for conservation action plans for tropical forest large mammals.
I have worked extensivey with partners and colleagues across the globe, primarily in south east Asia and Indonesia in particular.
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