Peggy Bevan

Peggy Bevan

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Peggy Bevan

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Start Year

2019 (Cohort 6)

Research interests:

Remote monitoring
Human disturbance thresholds
Biodiversity trends
Human Impact on animal behaviour
Interaction networks
Machine learning

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Understanding ecosystem wide behavioural responses to anthropogenic pressure

Research Theme

Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation

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Secondary Supervisor
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Additional supervisor(s)

Marcus Rowcliffe (IOZ),


Environmental pressures caused by humans are known to alter life history traits of many species, such as increasing nocturnality (Gaynor et al., 2018). Different species respond to anthropogenic pressures in different ways, causing both temporal and spatial shifts in the overall network of an ecosystem. Such shifts have negative consequences for ecosystem health and the maintenance of biodiversity. As urban and agricultural development increases, the extent of these effects needs to be understood to inform future conservation priorities. The biome health project ( uses remote monitoring (audio & visual) to monitor wildlife over gradients of different types of human pressure. This PhD project will use data from the Nepal site of the biome health project to look at changes in activity and behaviour of animals across gradients of human pressure and investigate the consequences of these changes on individual fitness and wider ecosystem health. This work will also help reveal what life history traits allow certain species to persist under increasing human pressure. My PhD will use machine learning technology to analyse large amounts of camera and audio data. If individual species ID is not possible, more general analysis can be used, e.g. looking at the time or duration of the dawn chorus, investigating body size. Part of this project will also involve developing ‘smart sensors’ that can transmit data online, allowing long term data collection in remote destinations.

Policy Impact

The work from this project will contribute to our understanding of anthropogenic effects on nature. Understanding human effects
on wildlife can influence development to allow humans and nature to co-exist. Development of smart sensors will dramatica lly
further the field and open up many possibilities for international collaborations and educational outreach.

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