Project Title: Planning for future climate and land-use change in the protection of global avian and mammalian biodiversity
I’m interested in understanding how the natural world responds to pressures from human activity – in particular, the intensifying threats of land-use and climate change.
During my undergraduate degree at Cambridge I carried out fieldwork to investigate the effects of selective logging in rainforests in Guyana; explored the effects of invasive plants on animal communities in British woodland; and analysed taxonomic and geographic biases in biodiversity research. I then worked at UNEP-WCMC, investigating the effects of protected area establishment on biodiversity. For my master’s degree at Imperial College London, based at the Natural History Museum, I analysed how communities’ climatic affiliations change after deforestation. Now at Durham, my PhD project aims to anticipate future changes to the distribution of Earth’s birds and mammals, and use this knowledge to identify conservation opportunities that will best protect Earth’s biodiversity under future socio-economic scenarios.
Titley, M.A., Snaddon, J.L., Turner, E.C. (2017) Scientific research on animal biodiversity is systematically biased towards vertebrates and temperate regions. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189577. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189577
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