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Richard K Broughton

Ecologist and Ornithologist at UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Senior Research Associate in Zoology, University of Oxford

I am an ecologist and GIS specialist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford (Dept of Zoology). My main interests are in landscape ecology and the behaviour and habitat use of birds and mammals. I undertake ecological fieldwork, spatial and statistical analyses, processing and mapping of remote sensing data (e.g. LiDAR, Sentinel), and combining these datasets to understand ecosystems and species distributions. My research areas include:

- Habitat quality and fragmentation for birds and mammals, especially British farmland & woodland and Białowieża Forest in Poland.
- Ecology and behaviour of woodland birds, including long-term studies of Marsh Tits, Willow Tits & Wood Warblers.
- Agri-environmental schemes and hedgerows, especially for farmland birds & small mammals.
- Natural regeneration of woodland and shrubland habitats for biodiversity.
- Landscape ecology and using LiDAR and other remote-sensing tools to model habitats, especially woodland and hedgerows.
- Species interactions, particularly birds, insects (bees, wasps, ants), and mammals, including invasive species e.g. Grey Squirrel, Red-billed Leiothrix.
- Pesticide effects on birds of prey, particularly rodenticides (SGARs).
- Training of fieldwork methods (bird/mammal trapping & surveying) & GIS for ecology.


  • –present
    Senior Research Associate in Ecology and Ornithology, University of Oxford