My research aims to quantify and understand how intrinsic and extrinsic parameters, including factors such as parasitism, migration strategy and climate, affect individual level behaviour, fitness and drive population dynamics. I undertake research on a wide variety of projects and have extensive experience of analysing demographic change in a variety of systems including field voles, grey squirrels, wild cattle and seabirds, utilising advanced statistical analysis and both experimental manipulations and correlative empirical approaches. Recently, I have been focusing on examining how individual migration strategies in European shags influence survival across extreme winter weather events; quantifying the impacts of parasites on seabird behaviour and demography and investigating interactions between gut microbiomes and parasites; and understanding how climate change is altering the phenology and ecosystem resilience of freshwater and marine ecosystems and whether we can develop early warning indicators to predict such change. I have been employed as an Animal Population Ecologist with the Coastal Seas Ecology Group since 2008 and my applied research provides evidence underpinning sustainable use of coastal waters. I am part of the core team responsible for collecting and analysing data from the Isle of May Long-Term Study (IMLOTS; http://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/isle-may-long-term-study).
2008-present Animal Population Ecologist, Coastal Seas Ecology Group, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 2007-2008 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Liverpool 2006-2007 Ecological consultant, E3 Ecology, Northumberland, UK. 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Newcastle University.
2001-2005 Ph.D. in Population Ecology, University of Liverpool. 1996-2000 BSc Hons Zoology, 1st Class, University of Aberdeen
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, 2014-present Associate Editor, Ibis, 2014-present