I work on a wide range of ecological problems from population dynamics and distributions to fire ecology in the African savannah. The main linking thread of my research is a fundamental interest in spatial processes in ecology, from the way individual animals move across a landscape, through the patterns and processes that shape individual species distributions, to global patterns in biodiversity. I'm interested in understanding all aspects of spatial variation in ecological processes at a range of spatial scales, using and developing appropriate statistical techniques alongside an active programme of field research in the UK and Africa.
Currently, many species distributions are shifting as a consequence of global climate change and I'm interested in the demographic processes that drive such shifts. Much of my work focusses on birds and I collaborate with conservation organisations to ensure that spatial analysis techniques can be put to practical use tackling problems from protected area design to cutting poaching.