Paul is an Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter and a PhD student at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. He is currently researching the social behaviour of captive flamingos (supervised by Professor Darren Croft and Dr Ruth Cromie), specifically looking at social networks and associations between individuals in flocks.
Paul teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with subject specialisms of animal behaviour, animal welfare, conservation biology, zoo animal management and animal health. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Paul is the communications officer for the IUCN Flamingo Specialist Group (www.facebook.com/FlamingoSpecialistGroup) and actively engages with colleagues working in flamingo management conservation. Paul also has a strong zoo research background, and is Vice-Chair of the BIAZA Research Committee, and is the Research Officer for the BIAZA Bird Working Group. He also runs the social media for the BIAZA Research Committee.
Paul has contributed to articles on flamingos for BBC Wildlife Magazine, as well as assisting with TV shows featuring flamingo behaviour such as “Animals in Love” for BBC 1 and “David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities” with Humblebee Films.