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I am a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist with academic and research interests that include avian ecology and conservation, biodiversity survey and monitoring techniques, conservation management of wildlife in, and ecosystem restoration of modified terrestrial landscapes, particularly tropical forests and the Welsh uplands.

I have developed and delivered multidisciplinary forest-based conservation research projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Pakistan and Peru, and under- and postgraduate student field courses to Honduras, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa.

My current research projects are:

  • Bird interactions along environmental gradients in Panay, the Philippines;
  • Evaluating biodiversity monitoring approaches to inform upland management and restoration;
  • Asian bear population ecology and conservation management, particularly in Indonesia and Pakistan; 
  • Landscape suitability assessment for black grouse in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park;
  • Spatial patterns of important upland birds and communities in the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park;
  • Population ecology and conservation of the Critically Endangered Utila Spiny tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) on Utila, Honduras; and
  • Mechanisms for the stimulation of Diadema antillarum recovery on degraded Caribbean coral reefs.

My research collaborators include the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority, Bristol Zoological Society, Gujrat University PakistanKanahau Research and Conservation Facility Honduras, Operation Wallacea, and WWF Pakistan.

I was the University's REF2021 Lead for our first Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Unit of Submission (B7).

I am the University's Research Representative for the Environment Platform Wales and Board Representative (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) for the USW-Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Strategic Partnership, which was initiated with external support from the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment.

Teaching interests

I am Module Leader for:

I also teach on:

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 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Ecology and Conservation, PhD, Improving methods for conservation-based assessments of abundance and habitat use in tropical forest birds, Manchester Metropolitan University

Sept 2000Nov 2005

Award Date: 3 Oct 2005

Conservation Biology, MSc, Manchester Metropolitan University

Sept 1997Jul 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Zoology, BSc (Hons)

Sept 1991Jul 1994

Award Date: 4 Jul 1994

HE Learning and Teaching, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE)


External positions

Scientific Advisor, Bear Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission

Jan 2020 → …

Member, IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group

Nov 2019 → …

USW Representative (Biodiversity and Ecosystems), Environment Platform Wales

2019 → …

External Examiner, University of Gloucestershire

Sept 2018Sept 2022

Member, Welsh Ornithological Society

Sept 2018 → …

Editorial Board Member, Zoological Research

Aug 2018 → …

Technical Reviewer, Daphne Jackson Trust

2018 → …

Reviewer, Biological Sciences, NERC Industrial CASE Studentships

Jun 2016Dec 2017

External Reviewer, Garland Science

Jan 2016Dec 2016

External Reviewer, Biotropica, Bird Conservation International, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Tropical Conservation Science

Jan 2008 → …

Conservation Scientist, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Jan 2008May 2011

Member, British Ecological Society

Sept 2005 → …

Scientific Advisor, Galliformes Specialist Group, IUCN Species Survival Commission

Aug 2005 → …

Field Survey Volunteer, British Trust for Ornithology

Apr 2005 → …

Ornithologist, Ecologist, AECOM, Haworth Conservation Ltd, and Biocensus



  • QL Zoology
  • Birds
  • Endangered species
  • QH301 Biology
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Biodiversity survey techniques
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Upland ecology and conservation
  • Tropical forest ecology and conservation


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