Research student, School of Biosciences
My research focuses on identifying the direct and indirect links between climate change variables (rainfall, temperature, hours of sunlight etc) and population declines of the Pied Flycatcher in Wales.
I use a novel statistical method, Integral Projection Models (IPMs), to quantify the effect that plasticity of laying date has on survival and fecundity and how these all feedback into each other.
Using a historic data set from mid- South Wales and fieldwork from 2 sites in South and Mid Wales I aim to tease apart the changes in laying date due directly to climate from those indirectly related i.e. food availability.
(I'm also supervised by Dr. Sean Rands).