Sarah Davies

Research student, School of Biosciences

Current Project:

For my PhD project I am investigating the effects of climate change on dietary competition in sympatric species of reed bed warblers across Europe. The study is multi-disciplinary, combining aspects of molecular ecology, climate science and conservation biology and will draw upon a range of field and molecular based techniques. My research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Professor William Symondson (Cardiff University), Dr Rob Thomas (Cardiff University), Dr Ian Vaughan (Cardiff University) and Professor Stuart Bearhop (University of Exeter).

Background: After completing a BSc in Zoology from the University of Nottingham, I volunteered on research projects both in the UK and in Costa Rica before studying for an MSc in Conservation at UCL. For my master's thesis I investigated the role of pond management for farmland bird conservation, focusing on the interface between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their effect on ecological interactions and landscape-level biodiversity. After graduating in 2014 I spent two years gaining field experience within the nature conservation sector working on a number of small projects.

Dr Robert Thomas

Senior Lecturer