Cat McNicol

CatMcNicol

PhD Researcher, University of Exeter

My main interests lie in the management of invasive species and the recovery of native species, and particularly the interaction of these two areas. I am principally interested in how fine-scale species interactions can have cascading effects and affect populations at a landscape scale. I have an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity (2014), a BSc in Zoology (2013) and started my PhD in 2015.

I am currently in the final year of my PhD which is part of the pine marten recovery project. My work investigates the impacts of pine marten recovery on grey squirrel populations through a ‘Landscape of Fear’ approach. I use a number of different field and lab techniques including GPS and VHF tracking of wild animals, small mammal trapping, scat and stable isotope analysis, behavioural observations and feeding experiments.

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