My PhD focuses on analysis of a number of long term, large datasets on the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, in order to examine potential climate change impacts on the species. The aim of this research is both to inform future conservation strategy for the species and to provide a new, mechanistic, approach to assessing climate change vulnerability in individual species.
Research questions examined so far include impacts of temperature on behaviour and mortality as well as population modelling. The final stage of the research will be a spatially explicit species-wide model under climate change.
Prior to my PhD I undertook research projects on:
- Bat diversity in the Taita Hills, Kenya
- Habitat suitability for bats in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Molossid flight speed and aerial maneuvering
- Fox territory use in response to artificial scent
These, alongside previous experience on expeditions and working in ecological consultancy, have provided me with a wide range of fieldwork, data collection and data analysis skills.