I am an ecologist with a particular interest in the fields of behaviour and conservation. My work centres around topics including: how anthropogenic environmental change impacts on a range of species’ movement, foraging and population dynamics; the causes and consequences of individual specialisation; applied management of invasive species; and the conservation and management of a range of avian species and their habitats. I have a long-standing interest in island ecology, where study can address a wide variety of broad ecological and applied questions in both terrestrial and marine environments. In particular, islands are key foci for my work on the impacts of invasive organisms and subsequent attempts to control such species, the restoration of endangered species and ecosystems, and the importance of birds as ecosystem drivers. I am fortunate enough to incorporate a substantial fieldwork component in my research, and to study these questions in a range of vertebrate systems.
I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow hosted by the Universities of Auckland, NZ and Exeter, UK. I am investigating individual variation in invasive rats across a network of islands that differ in their ecosystem dynamics. This work will determine the extent, covariance and persistence of individual variation across multiple traits to address fundamental ecological questions around the processes of competition and predation. It will also provide answers for applied conservation management actions, including feeding into progress towards PredatorFreeNZ, and provide tools to address this global problem.