I am an ecologist and GIS specialist with particular interests in the behaviour and habitat selection of birds and mammals. I undertake ecological fieldwork, spatial analyses, processing and mapping of remote sensing data (e.g. LiDAR), and the intergration of such datasets to understand ecosystems and species distributions. My main research areas are:
- Investigations of habitat quality and fragmentation and their impact on bird and mammal populations, particularly in woodland and arable environments.
- Ecology, behaviour and conservation of woodland birds, particularly the declining Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, including dispersal, survival, social organisation and habitat selection.
- Farmland biodiversity and the response of mammals and birds to agri-environmental schemes and other habitat characteristics.
- Landscape ecology and the use of large-scale datasets, LiDAR and other remote-sensing tools to model habitats, especially woodland and hedgerows, at a range of spatial scales.
- 2008 - present: Higher Scientific Officer within NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK.
- 2008 - 2014: Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University.
- 1999 - 2008: Scientific Officer at CEH (formerly ITE) Monks Wood, UK.
- 2012: PhD by publications (Bournemouth University): Habitat modelling and the ecology of the Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris). Open access
- 1999 MSc in Geographical Information Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.
- 1998 BSc (First class) in Physical Geography, University of Hull, UK.
- European Ornithologists' Union
- British Ornithologists' Union
- British Trust for Ornithology
- Elected member of the BTO Ringing Committee
- Associate editor of Bird Study journal
Hebda, G. & Broughton, R.K. (2017) Inter-specific nest re-use by Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica. Bird Study 64, 112-115. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Burgess, M.D., Dadam, D., Hebda, G., Bellamy, P.E. & Hinsley, S.A. (2016) Morphology, geographical variation and the subspecies of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris in Britain and central Europe. Bird Study 63, 58-65. abstract
Maziarz, M., Wesolowski, T., Hebda, G., Cholewa, M. & Broughton, R.K. (2016). Breeding success of the Great Tit Parus major in relation to attributes of natural nest cavities in a primeval forest. Journal of Ornithology 157, 343-354. Open access.
Broughton, R.K., Hebda, G., Maziarz, M., Smith, K.W., Smith, L., Hinsley, S.A. (2015) Nest-site competition between bumblebees (Bombidae), social wasps (Vespidae) and cavity-nesting birds in Britain and the Western Palearctic. Bird Study, 62 (3). 427-437. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. (2015) Winter social organisation of marsh tits Poecile palustris in Britain. Acta Ornithologica, 50 (1). 11-21. abstract
Maziarz, M., Broughton, R.K. (2015) Breeding microhabitat selection by great tits Parus major in a deciduous primeval forest (Białowieża National Park, Poland). Bird Study, 62 (3). 358-367. abstract
Day, J.C., Broughton, R.K., & Hinsley, S.A. (2015). Sequence and organization of the complete mitochondrial genome of the marsh tit Poecile palustris (Aves: Paridae). Mitochondrial DNA. online first
Broughton, R.K., Hinsley, S.A. (2015) The ecology and conservation of the marsh tit in Britain. British Birds, 108 (1). 12-28.
Broughton, R.K., Shore, R.F., Heard, M.S., Amy, S.R., Meek, W.R., Redhead, J.W., Turk, A, Pywell, R.F. (2014) Agri-environment scheme enhances small mammal diversity and abundance at the farm-scale. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 192. 10.1016/j.agee.2014.04.009 abstract
Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. (2014) Winter habitat selection by marsh tits Poecile palustris in a British woodland. Bird Study, 61 (3). 404-412. abstract
Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A., Broughton, R.K. (2014) Assessing habitats and organism-habitat relationships by airborne laser scanning. In: Maltamo, Matti; Naesset, Erik; Vauhkonen, Jari, (eds.) Forestry applications of airborne laser scanning: concepts and case studies. Dordrecht, Springer, 335-356. (Managing Forest Ecosystems, 27).
Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. (2013) Relationships between patterns of habitat cover and the historical distribution of the marsh tit, willow tit and lesser spotted woodpecker in Britain. Ecological Informatics, 14. 25-30. abstract
Redhead, J.W., Pywell, R.F., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Hinsley, S.A. (2013) Great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus as indicators of agri-environmental habitat quality. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 178. 31-38. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Freeman, S.N., Bellamy, P.E., Hinsley, S.A. (2012) Describing habitat occupation by woodland birds with territory mapping and remotely sensed data: an example using the marsh tit (Poecile palustris). Condor, 114 (4). 812-822. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Henderson, L.J., Bellamy, P.E., Hinsley, S.A. (2012) Patterns of nest placement in a population of marsh tits Poecile palustris. Journal of Ornithology, 153 (3). 735-746. abstract
Alderman, J., Hinsley, S.A., Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E. (2011) Local settlement in woodland birds in fragmented habitat: effects of natal territory location and timing of fledging. Landscape Research, 36 (5). 553-571.
Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E., Hinsley, S.A. (2011) Nest-sites, breeding failure and causes of non-breeding in a population of British Marsh Tits Poecile palustris. Bird Study 58:3, 229-237. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E., Hinsley, S.A. (2010) Dispersal, ranging and settling behaviour of Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in a fragmented landscape in lowland England. Bird Study 57:4, 458-472. abstract
Hinsley, S.A., Redhead, J.W., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hill, R.A., Heard, M.S., Pywell, R.F. (2010) Testing agri-environment delivery for farmland birds at the farm scale: the Hillesden experiment. Ibis, 152, 500-514.
Hinsley, S.A., Nowakowski, M., Heard, M., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Hulmes, S., Hulmes, L., Peyton, J., Pywell, R.F. (2010) Performance and effectiveness of winter bird food patches established under Environmental Stewardship: results from the Hillesden experiment. In: Boatman, Nigel; Green, Mike; Holland, John; Marshall, Jon; Renwick, Alan; Siriwardena, Gavin; Smith, Barbara; de Snoo, Geert, (eds.) Agri-environment schemes: what have they achieved and where do we go from here? Association of Applied Biologists, 151-158. (Aspects of Applied Biology, 100).
Broughton, R.K. (2009) Separation of Willow Tit and Marsh Tit in Britain: a review. British Birds, 102, 604-616.
Hill, R.A., Broughton, R.K. (2009). Mapping Understorey from Leaf-on and Leaf-off Airborne LiDAR Data of Deciduous Woodland. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 64:2, 223-233.
Bellamy, P.E., Hill, R.A., Rothery, P., Hinsley, S.A., Broughton, R.K. (2009) Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus habitat in woods with different structure and management in southern England. Bird Study, 56:3, 338-348.
Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Bellamy, P.E., Broughton, R.K., Harrison, N.M., Mackenzie, J.A., Speakman, J.R. & Ferns, P.N. (2009) Do highly modified landscapes favour generalists at the expense of specialists? An example using woodland birds. Landscape Research, 34:5, 509-526.
Hinsley, S.A., Carpenter, J.E., Broughton, R.K., Bellamy, P.E., Rothery, P., Amar, A., Hewson, C.A., Gosler, A.G. (2007) Habitat selection by Marsh Tits Poecile palustris in the UK. Ibis, 149 (Suppl. 2), 224–233.
Broughton, R.K., Hinsley S.A., Bellamy P.E., Hill R.A. & Rothery P. (2006) Marsh Tit Territories in a British Broadleaved Wood. Ibis, 148, 744-752. abstract
Broughton, R.K., Osborn, D., Shore, R.S., Wienberg, C.L. & Wadsworth, R.A. (2003) Identifying Pollution Hotspots from PCB Residues in Birds of Prey. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol 22, No. 10, pp. 2519-2524.