Global change is occurring at an unprecedented rate. We need to understand how animals use their environments and are affected by environmental change, in order to protect species and develop conservation strategies.
We are equipped with a suite of climate-controlled laboratories for behavioural and physiological studies on birds.
These, coupled with field studies using the latest technology, allow us to study the impact of climate and other environmental change on bird behaviour and physiology.
Our members study the behaviour and ecology of farmland birds, at field sites both here and abroad.
This is with the specific aim of developing sustainable farming systems that enable these birds to thrive alongside modern agricultural practices.
Our members also use state-of-the-art techniques, such as:
- satellite telemetry
- stable isotopes
- heart-rate monitors
to remotely monitor spatial movements and energy expenditure.
This is in animals as varied as cows and puffins in their natural environments. This data can inform conservation policies and practices.
The following members of staff work within the Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation research theme.
Dr Christina Halpin
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6914
Dr John Skelhorn
Lecturer in Animal Cognition
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5142