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).

Supervisors:

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