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Dr. Joshua P Twining

Postdoctoral reseacher, Queen's University Belfast

Joshua Twining is an ecologist who studies the multi-trophic interactions and community dynamics. His research currently focuses on the recovery of the European pine marten in Ireland and Britain, how important these recovering carnivores are in structuring the ecosystems they inhabit, providing control of invasive species and thereby supporting native biodiversity.

Twining completed his PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast where he was based since 2016. Before this he worked with the People’s Trust of Endangered Species under David Tosh. He completed his Masters by Research at Imperial College London with Robert Ewers and Samrat Pawar, after spending a number of years working on various wildlife research projects in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Twining has worked mainly on terrestrial systems, from colourful skinks to sun bears, and his interests are in multi-trophic interactions and community dynamics.


  • –present
    PhD student in Ecology, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2015 
    Imperial College London, mRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • 2013 
    University of Birmingham, Bsc Hons Zoology


  • 2019
    Seasonal, geographical, and habitat effects on the diet of a recovering predator population: the European pine marten (Martes martes) in Ireland,
  • 2018
    Dietary notes and foraging ecology of south-east Asian water monitors (Varanus salvator) in Sabah, northern Borneo, Malaysia,
  • 2018
    Food caching as observed through use of den boxes by European pine martens (Martes martes),
  • 2017
    Increasing land-use intensity reverses the relative occupancy of two quadrupedal scavengers,