Autobiography: I studied Biology and Ecology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, with a focus on animal ecology. In 2005 I moved to Newcastle for a PhD in behavioural ecology of starlings. Since then, I’ve worked as a postdoc and research fellow on a range of different projects, including e.g. assessing the effects of wind turbines on wildlife, and international species conservation prioritisation.
Currently (2018-), I am a research fellow in the ConFooBio group at Stirling University, developing and applying models of conservation conflict.
I am passionate about science communication and the interfaces between science, policy and management. Several of the projects I have been (and am) involved with included specific elements aimed at integrating cutting edge research into protocols and tools for managers and policy makers to use. I firmly believe that truly adaptive management can only be achieved by active and continuing collaboration between scientists, policy makers and managers – as opposed to single project delivery.
I am a member of the British Ecological Society, and since 2011 have been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology.
I hold a bird ringing permit (A with training endorsement) issued by the British Trust for Ornithology, and actively work on a number of ringing projects in my “spare” time, as a BTO volunteer, and as a member and secretary of Tay Ringing Group.
Research interests: I have broad interests in conservation biology and behavioural ecology, and in particular in research that explicitly bridges different fields or disciplines. Much of my practical experience has focused on birds, and I hold a BTO bird ringing licence with a training endorsement. I enjoy both practical field work, as well as theoretical and modelling studies.