Research areas

  • QH301 Biology - conservation ecology, conservation science, reintroduction biology
  • QL Zoology - threatened species, Wildlife research, predator-prey interactions, optimal foraging, spatial ecology

Contact Info

Position: Senior Lecturer in Conservation

Office: Room G2a, Thoday Building


Phone: 01248 383642 (from U.K.), +44 1248 383642 (International)

Website: Conservation at Bangor


Twitter: @ConservResearch



Ph.D. (University of New South Wales, Australia) – 2003
B.Sc. Hons 1 (UNSW) - 1995


I conducted a PhD on the conservation ecology of the vulnerable quokka – a small wallaby that the introduced red fox loves to kill – in the Western Australian jarrah forest. I then conducted two post docs in South Africa; the first on bushmeat hunting in the coastal forests of the Transkei with the Walter Sisulu University, and the second at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to study the reintroduction of lions, spotted hyaenas and a leopard to Addo Elephant National Park.  After this I undertook a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Polish Academy of Science’s Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża Primeval Forest.  Most recently I have been the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s regional ecologist for six reserves in south-eastern Australia covering over 700,000ha and ranging from the deserts of Lake Eyre through the mallee to Sydney’s North Head where reintroduction, ecosystem services, feral eradication/control and fire management were key research issues.


Research Interests

I am interested in the conservation ecology of threatened species, the factors that threaten them and the methods we can use to effectively conserve them. I have researched these conservation issues in Australia, South Africa and Poland on marsupials, rodents, reptiles, invertebrates, ungulates and large predators.  I have published on predator-prey interactions, reintroduction biology, population dynamics, spatial ecology, intra-guild competition, diet, ecosystem services, conservation effectiveness and status assessments.  I also have experience in conservation management (reintroduction, pest animal control, conservation fencing, fire management) and have sat on several Australian threatened species recovery teams.

Teaching and Supervision

Research Students

  • Ludmila Osipova – Corridor use by African elephants in East Africa. Co-supervised with Niko Balkenhol of Georg-August University, Goettingen, German.
  • Nicole Coggin – Impact of feral mammal eradication and native species reintroduction on the invertebrate fauna of Scotia Sanctuary.PhD co-supervised with Heloise Gibb of La Trobe University, Australia.
  • Peter Haswell – Are the impacts of apex predators context dependent: wolves in Croatia
  • Maarten Hofman – Corridor creation in Belize based on peccary spatial ecology. Co-supervised with Niko Balkenhol of Gottingen University, Germany
  • Carolyn Devens – Human-carnivore conflict in South Africa: how leopards persist in rangelands. Co-supervised with Michael Somers of the University of Pretoria.
  • Wafa'a Behbehani - Conservation ecology of the Arabian spiny-tailed lizard in Kuwait. 

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Editorial roles

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Endangered Species Research, Journal of Zoology, African Journal of Wildlife Research, Journal of Applied Ecology, Conservation Letters


  • Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa ( 
  • Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa ( 
  • Trophic Cascades Program, Oregon State Univesrity, USA ( 

Offices held


  • SBS Board of Studies
  • SENRGy Board of Studies
  • SENRGy Marketing and Recruitment Committee
  • College of Natural Sciences Marketing Committee


  • Director of Zoology with Conservation degree programme (SBS)
  • Director of 3rd Year (SBS)


Research output

  1. Large carnivore impacts are context-dependent

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Niche conservatism and the invasive potential of the wild boar

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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