Galápagos

Smooth-billed anis

Ani

In 2015, just before starting my Ph.D on road ecology, I set up and ran a project investigating the impacts of an introduced bird, the smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani, in Galápagos. In collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and Galápagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) I have been investigating the impacts that smooth-billed anis are having in Galápagos and researching potential control or eradication methods.

Cat & iguana crop cred

Other research

I also co-authored a study on feral cats in Galápagos, finding evidence to suggest they may be predating upon green turtle hatchlings and young marine iguanas, and a paper identifying research priorities for the islands.

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Sustainable Development Goals

After finishing my Ph.D, I was offered funding for a 3-year Research Associate position at Cambridge, working with Galápagos policy-makers and conservation organisations to support the archipelago’s goal of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.