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I am a lecturer in Environmental Science / Ecology. My research encompasses approaches to document, measure and protect island biodiversity. I use island vertebrates (snakes, iguanas, parrots) as models to understand changes in population sizes and their relationships to extinction risk. I collaborate with research and wildlife partners from the Galapagos National Park (Ecuador), Norfolk Island National Park (Australia), and the Division of Fish and Wildlife (Norther Mariana Islands). There are a number of research opportunities in my lab that would suit highly motivated students with an interest in biodiversity and conservation biology.
My research encompasses a range of topics in Conservation Biology including the taxonomy and conservation of New World monocotyledons; reproductive biology and management of threatened island birds; management of disease risk in small avian populations and the development of survey methods for threatened island vertebrates such as parrots and land iguanas. The largely human-driven biodiversity loss occurring at a global scale is an unprecedented phenomenon. Such loss ranges from erosion of genetic diversity of food crops and species extinctions, to disappearance of ecosystem-level processes. These changes have a severe effect in human societies as their wealth and wellbeing ultimately rely on the services and products ecosystems provide. The disappearance of species constitutes one of the most dramatic examples of biodiversity loss. Approximately 20, 000 species are threatened with extinction, due to habitat modification, introduction of invasive species and unsustainable harvest. The task of developing projects aimed at preventing species extinctions is clearly overwhelming. In collaboration with scientists and managers from around the world and from a wide range of disciplines, I develop topical projects aimed at stopping biodiversity loss on islands.
Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000):
Ecological Applications (050100):
Environmental Sciences (050000): Invasive Species Ecology (050103):
Population Ecology (060207): Zoology (060800)