Leah Gray

Before starting my PhD, I graduated in Zoology from The University of St Andrews which included conducting research on nest building behaviour in blue tits. Following my undergraduate degree, I completed a Masters by Research focusing on social information and group anti-predator behaviour in flocks of Eurasian oystercatchers on Eden Estuary. I am a keen birder, and I am currently training to be a bird ringer.  

Developing effective agricultural wetland management to reduce predation and improve wader breeding outcomes

PhD aim:

  • To understand the impacts of agricultural land management and predation pressure on breeding wading birds on Orkney, with specific focus on the impact of the ongoing stoat invasion and eradication scheme.  

PhD objectives:

  • To assess the importance of habitat quality, predation pressure, and their interactions on declining wader populations on Orkney. 
  • To advise the development of effective agricultural wetland management to improve breeding wader outcomes.  

Contact details:

Email: [email protected]
Institutional profile: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/l.gray.22