Academic Bio

I graduated with a B.A. (Hons) 2.1 in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2012 having specialised in Zoology. Following this, I worked as a Research Assistant in Cambridge’s Zoology Department. I assisted with a wide range of projects, including studies on anti-predator defences in moths and provisioning behaviour and taste perception in birds. I also worked as an Ecological Consultant for a local organisation and volunteered for several conservation projects and wildlife organisations in Cyprus and the Maldives as well as in Britain.

In 2013/14 I studied for a M.Sc. in Species Identification and Survey Skills at the University of Reading, for which I received a Distinction. As part of my course I undertook a research project with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), studying the impact of western marsh harriers Circus aeruginosus on breeding northern lapwings Vanellus vanellus in the Norfolk Broads.

After completing my M.Sc, I set up a project in Galápagos studying the impacts of an introduced bird species, and a few months later began my Ph.D. in road ecology. Both of these are ongoing.

Publications

Cooke, S. C., Haskell, L. E., van Rees, C. B. and Fessl, B. 2019. A review of the introduced Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani in Galápagos. Biological Conservation, 229, 38-49. (I also published a blog post with Galapagos Conservation Trust about the main findings of this paper, which can be found here.)

Izurieta, A., Delgado, B., Moity, N., Calvopiña, M., Cedeño, I., Banda-Cruz, G., Cruz, E., Aguas, M., Arroba, F., Astudillo, I., Bazurto, D., Soria, M., Banks, S.g, Bayas, S., Belli, S., Bermúdez, R., Boelling, N., Bolaños, J., Borbor, M., Lorena Brito, M., Bucheli, L., Campbell, K., Carranza, D., Carrión, J., Casafont, M., Castro, X., Chamorro, S., Chávez, J., Chicaiza, D., Chumbi, R., Couenberg, P., Cousseau, D., Cruz, M., D’Ozouville, N., De La Guía, C., De La Torre, G., Díaz, C. M., Duchicela, J., Endara, D., Garcia, V., Gellibert, C., Gibbs, J., Guzmán, J.C., Heylings, P., Iglesias, A., Izurieta, J.C., Jaramillo, P., Klingman, A., Laurie, A., Leon, P.b, Medina, J., Mendieta, E., Merlen, G., Montalvo, C., Naula, E., Páez-Rosas, D., Peralta, M., Peralvo, M., Piu, M., Poma, J., Pontón, J., Pozo, M., Proaño, D., Ramos, M., Rousseaud, A., Rueda, D., Salinas, P., Salmoral, G., Saraguro, S., Simón-Baile, D., Tapia, W., Teran, B., Valverde, M., Vargas, A., Vega, J., Velásquez, W., Vélez, A., Verdesoto, S., Villarraga, H.G., Vissioli, F., Viteri-Mejía, C., Norris-Crespo, L., Cooke, S. C., Veronica Toral-Granda, M. and Sutherland, W.J. 2018. A collaboratively derived environmental research agenda for Galápagos. Pacific Conservation Biology, 24:2.

Cooke, S. C., Balmford, A., Johnston, A., Massimino, D., Newson, S. E. and Donald, P. F. The impact of road disturbance on detectability of birds in surveys. Manuscript under review.

MacLeod, A., Cooke, S. C., and Trillmich, F. GPS collars reveal insights into the spatial ecology of invasive Feral Cats Felis catus on San Cristóbal, Galápagos. Manuscript under review.

Cooke, S. C., Anchundia, D., Caton, E., Haskell, L. E., Jager, H., Kalki, Y., Molla, O., Rodriguez, J., Schramer, T., Walentovitz, A. and Fessl, B. Evidence for previously undocumented predation by the introduced Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga Ani in Galápagos. Manuscript submitted.

Cooke, S. C., Balmford, A., Johnston, A., Newson, S. E. and Donald, P. F. The impact of road disturbance on the spatial distribution of bird populations in Great Britain. Manuscript in preparation.

van Rees, C. B., Uyehara, K., Cooke, S. C., and Reed, J. M. No evidence of reputed shorter wing length in a sedentary, island subspecies of the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata). Manuscript in preparation.

Upcott, E. V., Mason, L. R., Bagguley, E., Cooke, S. C., Gooch, H., Meadows, M., O’Dowd, R.,  Smart, J. The impact of Marsh Harriers on wetland breeding waders. Manuscript in preparation.

Cooke, S. C. & Fessl, B. A new trap design for Smooth-billed Anis Crotophaga ani in Galápagos. Manuscript in preparation.

Unpublished works

Cooke, S. C. 2018. A new trap design for Smooth-billed Anis Crotophaga ani in Galápagos – a manual for design and use. Unpublished report for the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Cooke, S. C. 2014. A study of the diet of Western Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus breeding on lowland wet grassland nature reserves and their effect on breeding Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus. Unpublished M.Sc. thesis.

Academic Presentations

European Ornithological Union’s European Meeting of Young Ornithologists, Turin, Italy. 2018. “Assessing the contribution of road traffic to declines in British bird populations” (full talk).

Departmental Talk, University of Cambridge, UK. 2018. “The introduced Smooth-billed Ani in Galápagos” (full talk).

Infra Eco Network Europe, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 2018. “Assessing the contribution of road traffic to declines in British bird populations” (full talk).

International Ornithological Congress, Vancouver, Canada. 2018. “Assessing the contribution of road traffic to declines in British bird populations” (full talk, part of the Impact of Anthropogenic Noise on Birds symposium).

Departmental Talk, University of Cambridge, UK. 2018. “Assessing the contribution of road traffic to declines in British bird populations” (full talk).

Zoology Department Graduate Symposium, University of Cambridge, UK. 2018. “Assessing the contribution of road traffic to declines in British bird populations” (full talk).

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Hawaiian Islands, USA. 2017. “The introduced Smooth-billed Ani in Galápagos” (full talk, part of the Galápagos and Hawaii symposium).

Zoology Department Alumni Festival, University of Cambridge, UK. 2016. “The impacts of roads on British bird populations” (short talk, part of the Future of Zoology symposium).

RSPB Centre of Conservation Science Annual Science Meeting, Grantham, UK. 2014. “A study of the diet of Western Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus breeding on lowland wet grassland nature reserves” (short talk).

Sunset Lapwing Norfolk 2014 S W