I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows based in the UK, or elsewhere, who wish to join the research group. There are a number of options, depending on the career stage and location of prospective lab members.

I strongly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations.

Contact me for information.


Current opportunities

None at the moment, but check out my list of Languishing Projects.


Prospective Honours students

The NHM does not have a specific Honours research programme, but I am able to collaborate with faculty in the UK and overseas in co-supervising Honours students. Students must have a university supervisor, and be accepted into the Honours programme.

Prospective Masters students

The NHM participates in three masters-level courses where students complete short research projects:

Students must register in these courses, and select their project via the course coordinator, consulting the prospectus or list of projects distributed as part of the course. Students interested in pursuing these options are welcome to contact me before applying to inquire about potential projects, or propose their own (both subject to admission to the course, and approval of the course coordinator).

Prospective Ph.D. students

The NHM participates in a number of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs):

Depending on the DTP, there are varying arrangements, but prospective students will need a university-based primary supervisor. I can also co-supervise PhD students at other UK and international institutions on an ad hoc basis.

Interested students from the United States who wish to study in the UK should investigate the Fulbright and Marshall programmes for fellowship/scholarship funding.

Prospective post-doctoral fellows

I am happy to discuss potential funding options for post-doctoral fellows through candidate-driven research council funding (e.g., NERC, NSERC, NSF, ARC, DAAD, etc.), or other funding sources (e.g., Marie Curie Fellowships).

Two lists for potential post-doctoral funding can be found here, and here.

Prospective students at the University of Tasmania

Students interested in research degrees (Honours, Masters, or Ph.D.) at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania, should contact me for more information and to discuss suitability.


I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows who have research interests in (marine) ornithology, conservation, islands, and pollution topics. Students or researchers in other fields, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are also welcome to contact me about potential projects around the history of the collections, particular collectors or ornithological figures, sustainability of plastic use, or other topics.

In addition to the topics detailed below, several other projects are available, and prospective lab members are welcome to bring their own ideas. In particular, I welcome projects that make use of museum collections, or are desk-based.


Example projects

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

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. Honours and Masters students must be accepted into the programme. Students, or supervisors with prospective students are encouraged to contact me for more details.


(Sub)species delimitation in seabirds

Many widely-distributed seabirds have been classified into subspecies based on restricted ranges. Because subspecies designations are often used in local, regional, and national conservation planning and assessment, an understanding of the uniqueness and validity of these groups is essential. From a functional perspective, understanding how different populations respond to environmental conditions, and whether this differs among (sub)species can provide important insights into species’ ecology and conservation needs. Depending on the scope of project, location of the student, student’s interests, and time available, this project will look to assess the validity of subspecies in one or more species, using a combination of genetic, morphometric, and other methods. This project will rely primarily on museum collections, but there may be scope for limited field work (again, depending on the programme, student, and questions of interest).

This project is very flexible, and could be suitable for Honours, Masters, or PhD. students. Honours and Masters students must be accepted into the programme. Students, or supervisors with prospective students are encouraged to contact me for more details.