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
- 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.
- 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.