Olivia Bell

OliviaBell

PhD Researcher, University of Exeter

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2015 in Biological Sciences (Zoology). During this time I developed interests in ecology and conservation biology, and worked on a research project ‘Conservation Management at Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya’, which aimed to gather local ecological data alongside stakeholder knowledge and opinions in order to inform future management planning. I began my PhD studies at the University of Exeter in September 2016. My current research interests lie in understanding the ecological implications of species decline, both for the species of conservation concern and for sympatric competing species.

My PhD research aims to investigate the impact of Tasmanian devil declines upon the diet and trophic ecology of the four Tasmanian mammalian predator species: the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) and the introduced feral cat (Felis catus).