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Research interests

I am interested in behavioural ecology of vertebrates in anthropogenic environments, in the context of biodiversity conservation and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. My research currently focusses on mammals in urban landscapes, in particular concerning intra and inter-specific interactions and the implications of these for community dynamics and disease transmission. I am currently investigating niche partitioning between foxes, badgers, domestic cats and hedgehogs, and between foxes and the intermediate gastropod hosts of helminth diseases. I am also involved in developing novel technologies for investigating urban ecological processes, including the use of wireless sensor networks to monitor resource selection and social behaviour. I am interested in Citizen Science as a tool for wildlife monitoring and public engagement with nature, particularly in the context of increasing global urbanisation.

Approach to teaching

I like to teach in as interactive a way as possible, and particularly enjoy project supervision, leading small group tutorials, and field trips. I include topical issues and examples in my teaching and link theory with real-world scenarios wherever possible. I use a variety of resources including video and audio media sources, online and in-class quizzes, field demonstrations, and discussion of scientific and popular science articles. I try to connect with students by using reference points that they are familiar with. I expect my students simply to engage with me and with the subject matter, and be mentally as well as physically present!

Supervisory Interests

I am open to supervising students and researchers in any aspect of behavioural ecology, but particularly that which aids our understanding of how wild animals interact with humans. Current/previous BSc., MRes and PhD students have investigated a diverse range of topics under my supervision including: leopard population estimation using Citizen Science, novel devices for reducing domestic cat predation of garden birds, effects of supplementary feeding on urban foxes,  social interactions and stress in domestic cats, effects of deforestation on neotropical lizard and bird communities, and agricultural change and farmland bird conservation in Europe.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Manchester

Master, University of Reading

PhD, University of Sussex

External positions

External Examiner PhD, Liverpool John Moores University

External Examiner MPhil, University of Sussex

Keywords

  • QL Zoology
  • Animal behaviour, urban wildlife, population monitoring, foxes, badgers,domestic cats, hedgehogs, bird predation, wireless sensor networks, movement ecology
  • QH301 Biology

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Research Output 2006 2018

  • 17 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

A citizen science based survey method for estimating the density of urban carnivores

Scott, D., Baker, R., Charman, N., Karlsson, H., Yarnell, R., Mill, A., Smith, G. & Tolhurst, B. 22 May 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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survey method
carnivore
suburban area
citizen
science

An in vitro evaluation of fibrinogen and gelatin containing cryogels as dermal regeneration scaffolds

Allan, I., Tolhurst, B., Shevchenko, R., Dainiak, M., Illsley, M., Ivanov, A. E., Jungvid, H., Galaev, I. Y., James, S., James, S. E. & Mikhalovsky, S. 3 May 2016 4, 6, p. 1007-1014 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Cryogels
Gelatin
Fibrinogen
Regeneration
Skin

Effects of temporary captivity on ranging behaviour in urban red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

Tolhurst, B., Grogan, A., Hughes, H. & Scott, D. 6 May 2016 181, p. 182-190 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Vulpes vulpes
foxes
wild animals
statistical models
wildlife

Lizard diversity in response to human-induced disturbance in Andean Ecuador

Tolhurst, B., Aguirre Penafiel, V., Mafla-Endara, P., Berg, M., Peck, M. & Maddock, S. T. 1 Jan 2016 26, p. 33-39 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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primary forests
secondary forests
Ecuador
agroforestry
lizards

Understanding and geo-referencing animal contacts: proximity sensor networks integrated with GPS-based telemetry

Ossi, F., Focardi, S., Picco, G. P., Murphy, A. L., Molteni, D., Tolhurst, B., Giannini, N., Gaillard, J-M. & Cagnacci, F. 15 Nov 2016 4, 21, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Telemetry
Radio
Ecology
Linear Models
Technology