Personal profile

Research interests

I am a conservation biologist and ecologist with a particular interest in birds and mammals. My work is diverse, broadly interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. I employ lab, field and analytical techniques to answer specific questions relating to the ecology of species and ecological communities and inform conservation, management and policy-related processes.

My current research projects include:

  • Camera trap assessment of ungulate populations in Canada;
  • Management of hares in Dublin Airport;
  • Movement ecology of multiple species;
  • The migration of passerines in Africa and Europe in the context of climate change;
  • Using single-board computers to explore the breeding ecology of cavity-nesting woodland birds;
  • Evaluating biodiversity monitoring approaches to inform upland management and restoration;

My research collaborators include Natural Resources Wales, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Vincent Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Selati Game Reserve South Africa, the Zoological Society of London, Shuswap Band, Operation Wallacea, University College Cork, Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and Ongava Research Centre. 

Teaching interests

I am the Course Leader for International Wildlife Biology. Please do contact me if you have any queries about the course.

As a tutor I focus on flexible delivery, aiming to provide my students with skills, knowledge and confidence critical to their academic and personal development. I take an inclusive approach, developing strong relationships and encouraging discussion. I work to support my students in all aspects while respecting their individuality and independence.

I currently teach across two undergraduate and one postgraduate courses at USW.


  • BI1S100 Skills and Professional Development 1
  • BI1S202 Wildlife Biology (Module leader)
  • BI1S206 Biodiversity
  • BI2S200 Skills and Professional Development 2
  • BI2S203 Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
  • BI3D200 Research Project & Career Development
  • BI3S206 Global Ecological Challenges
  • BI3S207 Functional Ecology (Module leader)
  • GE0S04 Foundation in Natural History
  • GE1S008 Observational Field Work
  • GE1S010 Natural History
  • GE2S017 Research Skills in Natural History
  • ES4H001 Environmental Management & Legislation
  • ES4S009 Restoration Ecology
  • ES4S010 Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation
  • ES4T001 MSc Project


I currently co-supervise three PhD students, as well as nine BSc and six MSc students at USW. I have previously supervised 21 MSc, one MRes, 25 BSc and two exchange (Erasmus and SWB) students.


Analytical software

R, SPSS, Minitab, Distance, MARK, ArcGIS, QGIS, MaxEnt, NetLogo, MAVIS NVC, Patch Analyst, GeneMapper, bespoke software.   


Additional tools

Microsoft Office, GitHub, RMarkdown, graphics packages (e.g. Adobe creative suite), website creation.



General linear, additive and mixed-effects models, dimensionality (e.g. PCA), Species Distribution Modelling, diversity indices, Mahalanobis and Euclidean distance, cross-correlation functions, Random Encounter Models, meta-analysis, other parametric and non-parametric tests.



Off-road driving (4x4), multi-taxa (mammal, bird, invertebrate, reptile, amphibian; UK coastal, marine and terrestrial) surveys (e.g. mark-recapture, distance sampling, camera traps, quadrats, scan/focal sampling, habitat surveys) and identification, animal handling (amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and small-to-large birds and mammals), orienteering.



Multi-taxa dissection, species identification via microscopy, ethological studies, tissue sampling, DNA manipulation, electrophoresis, atomic absorption and colourimetric spectroscopy, specimen preparation, soil chemical and biological analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Conservation biology, PhD, Invasion ecology of non-native European brown hares and their impact on the endemic Irish hare, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 7 Jul 2016

Biodiversity and conservation, MRes, University of Leeds

Award Date: 9 Sept 2011

Zoology with conservation, BSc (Hons), Bangor University

Award Date: 6 Jul 2009

External positions

Editor, Milvus: The Journal of the Welsh Ornithological Society

Jun 2021 → …

Member: Welsh Policy Group, British Ecological Society

Mar 2021 → …

Athena SWAN Champion, University of Glamorgan

1 Mar 2019 → …

Associate Editor, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

Jan 2018 → …

Grant reviewer, British Ecological Society

2015 → …

Council member, The Mammal Society

20151 Jan 2019


  • QH301 Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • QL Zoology
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Camera traps
  • Endangered species
  • Invasive species
  • Remote sensing
  • Ecology


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