Ecology, Conservation and Zoonosis Research and Enterprise Group

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Our research is aimed at understanding the consequences of anthropogenic activities on ecological and zoonotic processes, species, populations, communities and ecosystems. We focus our research on understanding and ultimately mitigating, human changes to ecosystem function, species ecology, interactions, animal behavior as well as human health and wellbeing. Our research has real world impact due to its applied nature, by helping to inform relevant conservation, mitigation and management strategies.

Our research group is comprised of experts in a variety of taxonomic groups including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and plants who utilise a range of approaches, including molecular ecology, genetics, microbiology, epidemiology and zoonoses. We work with a wide range of collaborators across the ecological sector, from charities and trusts to councils and consultants in order to apply innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to address research questions that will help inform practical conservation and management.

Our research themes are: Aquatic ecosystems, Behavioral Ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Conservation in-practice, Community Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Fish Biology, Human-wildlife interactions, Habitat management, Landscape Ecology, Mammal Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Wildlife disease, Wildlife Trade, Urban Ecology, Zoonoses.

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    Research Output

    Abandoned fibreglass boats are releasing toxins and microplastics across the world

    Ciocan, C., 4 Aug 2020, The Conversation Trust (UK).

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • Den-site selection at multiple scales by the red fox (Vulpes vulpes subsp. montana) in a patchy human-dominated landscape

    Zaman, M., Tolhurst, B., Zhu, M. & Jiang, G., 29 May 2020, In : Global Ecology and Conservation. 23, e01136.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Does dehorning lead to a change in inter-calf intervals in free-ranging white rhinoceros?

    Penny, S., White, R., MacTavish, D., MacTavish, L. M., Scott, D. & Pernetta, A., 8 Oct 2020, In : Pachyderm. 61, p. 191-193

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access


    The impact of electric fences on ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) population parameters and behavioural ecology

    Bryony Tolhurst (Supervisor), Samuel Penny (Supervisor) & Niall Burnside (Supervisor)

    1 Oct 2020 → …

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    Newton Fund Impact Scheme

    Corina Ciocan (Reviewer)

    15 Aug 202031 Aug 2020

    Activity: External funding peer-review

    The Guardian (Journal)

    Corina Ciocan (Member of editorial board)

    5 Aug 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work