Fiona Spooner

Fiona Spooner

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Fiona Spooner
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Start Year

2014 (Cohort 1)

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PhD Project
PhD Title
Using observed population trends to improve forecasts of the future impacts of environmental change on biodiversity
Research Theme
Biodiversity and Ecology
Primary Supervisor

Richard Pearson

Primary Institution
Secondary Supervisor

Robin Freeman

Secondary Institution

This project will have an over-arching aim of testing and improving the accuracy of methods used to predict future responses of biodiversity to environmental change. This will chiefly be done by coupling mechanistic and correlative models, through incorporating species occurrences, life history traits, population dynamics and species interactions. The project will be in two distinct stages which will build upon each other. These models will be validated against observed population trends from the Living Planet data base, in order to assess their predictive accuracy. The first part of the project will aim to couple demographic models and ecological niche models so that demographic processes such as survival, growth, reproduction and dispersal are incorporated into the models and can vary with habitat suitability. The second part of the project will build upon the first section and will focus upon incorporating species interactions into coupled niche-demographic models. A case study network of three to four well studied species will be used as the basis for this in order to capture the effects of species interactions on population dynamics. The models will be tested against observed population trends and used as a tool to predict future population trends and species extinction risk.

Policy Impact
Background Reading
News & Blogs
Seven questions with Fiona Spooner, UCL Student Newsletter
What can Pokémon Go teach the world of conservation?, Science Daily

Conferences and Workshops
  • International Congress for Conservation Biology. Talk
BirdLife International, supervised by Dr Stuart Buchart. March 27, 2017 – June 25, 2017.

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