Mr Stuart Brooker, BSc. (Hons) Ecology, MScR Biological Sciences
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
My overriding concern is for the conservation of habitats and species. I am interested in the spatial and temporal distribution of species within the landscape, and how populations and communities respond to environmental change and habitat-loss. I seek to understand the causal factors underlying population fluctuations, and ultimately, I hope that my work can offer remedies for the reversal of worrying declines.
Acoustic monitoring of some animal populations and communities is becoming an increasingly efficient process thanks to advances in passive sound recording equipment and associated analytical software. My current research at Durham University exploits such technology to investigate the phenomenon of the avian dawn chorus, specifically, the factors that influence its daily and seasonal onset, intensity and duration as it sweeps across Britain. In turn, these factors may be affected by climate change, with potentially adverse implications for the dawn chorus and the fitness of the players within it.