I am occasionally involved in supervising or co-supervising students and staff. Current opportunities are listed below. Contact me for information.


The global conservation status and threats to rails (Rallidae)

MRes, University of Chester

Co-supervisors: Dr Matt Geary (University of Chester), Dr Auriel Fournier (Mississippi State University)

Rails, coots, and gallinules (family Rallidae) are an understudied group of nearly 150 globally distributed species. Despite Rallidae’s global distribution, many species are secretive and poorly studied, and while many species have large geographic ranges, many are single-island endemics, resulting in very different potential threats to each group’s populations. Over 30 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years, and 35 are globally threatened on the IUCN Red List. This project will evaluate the global conservation status of Rallidae, and synthesize the threats to populations, following similar work done for seabirds (Croxall et al. 2012. Bird Conservation International 22:1-34), including synthesizing their Red List Index, geographic areas of high endemism, common conservation themes among species, while highlighting research gaps and priorities. The student will also work with staff of Birdlife International, the Red List Authority for birds.

See this PDF for more details.


Conservation status of large gulls (Larus spp.) in the North Atlantic

Suitable for an Honours of UK Masters project

Despite being ubiquitous in costal and urban environments throughout the North Atlantic, the populations of many large species of gulls (Great Black-backed Gull, European Herring Gull, American Herring Gull) have declined significantly in the last 30 years, for a variety of reasons. Depending on the scope of project, location of the student, and time available, this desk-based project will examine the population trends of 1-3 species of large gull in the North Atlantic and reassess their global conservation status using recent counts, historical data, and unpublished surveys.

This project is ideal for a North American or UK Honours student, or a UK Masters student, where 6-9 months will be dedicated to the work. Students must have a university supervisor, and be accepted into the programme. Students, or supervisors with prospective students are encouraged to contact me for more details.


Languishing Projects

If you’re looking for some data to analyse for your honours, MSc, or other project (that doesn’t require field work), check out my Languishing Projects, and get in touch.