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Assistant Professor in the Department of Biosciences+44 (0) 191 33 41266


I am a macroecologist, principally interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary drivers of large-scale patterns in biodiversity, identifying the potential impacts of environmental change on these patterns, and using this evidence to find solutions to the current global biodiversity crisis. My research to date has explored how climate and land use change has driven changes in the populations of European breeding birds, the environmental and anthropogenic correlates of rare and threatened species occurrence, and the development of individual based models of long-distance migratory behaviour. I often work with external organisations including the British Trust for Orntihology, USDA Forest Service, RSPB, and Birdlife International. I graduated in Ecology and Conservation from St. Andrews, took an MRes. in Environmental Biology at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee and gained a PhD in macroecology from Durham University.