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Policy-relevant evaluation of conservation strategies e.g. agri-environment schemes; Conservation ecology e.g. the impact of bushmeat hunting on Central American large mammals; Applied ecology of farmland species e.g. badgers and their role in bovine tuberculosis; Ecology of invasive species e.g. non-native plants and mammals; Statistical advances in terrestrial mammal abundance estimation e.g. Distance Sampling and camera trap Random Encounter Models; the Impact of hunting wild mammals with dogs e.g. hare coursing and most recently biodiversity, sustainability and carbon sequestration.

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Open to PhD applications from those with a minimum of 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Zoology or Environmental Science (or allied subjects) with an interested in policy-relevant evaluation of conservation strategies e.g. agri-environment schemes; conservation ecology especially in the tropics (rainforest biomes); applied ecology (particularly of farmland species or non-native biological invasions) or development of methods in biodiversity monitoring and surveillance (with an emerging interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence i.e. neural networks for camera trap or satellite image analysis (including Geographic Information Systems) or soundscape audio analysis). Please read my online profile before approaching.

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Dr Neil Reid

School of Biological Sciences

Dr Neil Reid


Dr Neil Reid is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology for the School of Biological Sciences.

Research Students

PhD title: Agri-environment schemes in Less Favoured Areas and Brexit

Name: Amy Arnott

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: The role of biodiversity in tropical forest carbon flux 

Name: Rik Barker

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: England

PhD title: Breeding behaviour and productivity of the Natterjack toad in Ireland 

Name: Marina Reyne

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: Bulgaria

PhD title: Lagomorphs as reservoirs for agriculturally important parasites

Name: Jay Prebble

Years of Study: 2016-2019

Country: England

PhD title: Grassland management and its impact on carbon fluxes

Name: Jonathan Blair

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: Indirect contact between badgers and cattle and bovine tuberculosis

Name: Emma Campbell

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: Bushmeat hunting and its impact on large Neotropical mammals

Name: Hannah Hoskins

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: England

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Katie Leach

PhD title: “Global lagomorph macroecology: interspecific interactions and the impact of climate change”.

Years of Study: 2012-2015

Country: England

Current position: Business and biodiversity Programme Officer, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Dr Anthony Caravaggi

PhD title: “Invasion ecology of non-native European brown hares and their impact on the endemic Irish hare”

Years of Study: 2012-2016

Country: Wales

Current position: Post-doc, Ornithology Group, University College Cork

Dr Ruth Kelly

PhD Title: “Freshwater invasive plants in Ireland: distribution, impacts and spread”

Years of Study: 2008-2012

Country: Republic of Ireland

Current Position: Post-doc, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Public Outreach

Memberships and Public Reach 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Committee Member of the Copeland Bird Observatory

Public talks to, for example, wildlife trusts

Media Apprearances

BBC Springwatch 

BBC Autumnwatch

BBC Coast

BBC Radio 4's Today Programme  

Media Appearances 

The  Guardian

The Times Higher 

The Conversation - “impact of climate change on lagomorphs"

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