Biography

I am a conservation ecologist interested in movement ecology and ecological responses to global change.   During my PhD I explored which factors were responsible for an endangered species (lesser kestrel) decline, determined what was limiting population growth and identified measures needed to reverse population declines.  I used this information to develop EU LIFE-Nature funded conservation projects for lesser kestrels in Portugal.  These projects were extremely successful, the species population tripled in a few years. The lesser kestrel is no longer a globally endangered species due to the implementation of targeted conservation efforts done in several European countries. I am convinced that scientific research and conservation in practice can work together to provide successful conservation outputs. More details: http://static.zsl.org/files/wildlife-comeback-in-europe-the-recovery-of-selected-mammal-and-bird-species-2576.pdf

As a postdoctoral researcher I looked at the effects of habitat loss and climate change on the distribution of northern butterfly species, at different spatial scales.  We found that the southern range margin of northern butterfly species is retracting and this has been associated with recent temperature increases.  As a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University I worked on butterfly movement in fragmented and heterogeneous landscapes.  In 2009 I returned to the UK and became a lecturer in Ecology at UEA. 

Research Projects

- Refugial Populations at Trailing-Edge Range Margins: Attributes, Survival and Conservation. NERC funded (2015-2018) PI Chris Thomas University of York

- Migratory decisions in a changing world: mechanisms and drivers of changing migratory behaviour, NERC funded (2013-2016)

    Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/lesser-kestrel-migration/ 

    Short video about the project: https://vimeo.com/151900214  

- Understanding the migratory behaviour of long-lived species and responses to global environmental change using state-of-the-art GPS/GSM loggers, NERC, ELSA and NRP funded

     Website: http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/stork-tracking

Our work was recently on the news (16th March 2016), we have studied the movement of white storks and quantified how important landfill resources are for the resident birds. We have shown that resident birds use their nests all year round and that storks nesting near landfill have smaller home ranges than storks breeding further away: http://movementecologyjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40462-016-0070-0

- Understanding causes and consequences of the extreme thermal sensitivity of male fertility using a model insect, NERC funded (2013-2016) PI- Matt Gage, UEA

- The role of dispersal in species' ability to respond to climate change, NERC funded (2010-2013)

 

PhD Positions

I am happy to accept more PhD students and postdocs and to help develop funding applications (e.g Marie Curie, FCT, SwB). I also speak Portuguese and Spanish and have a international group of students and postdocs.  

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


 

Career History

  • 2013- present: Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia
  • 2009 - 2013: Lecturer, University of East Anglia
  • 2008: Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington State University, USA
  • 2004 - 2007: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York
  • 2003 - 2004: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leeds
  • 1997 - 1999: Co-ordinator of a EU LIFE-Nature Project on the Conservation of the Steppe Birds in Portugal, Ligue for Protection of Nature (LPN), Portugal
  • 1998: Research Associate, Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICN), Portugal  

All Publications

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Gilroy, J., Gill, J., Butchart, S., Jones, V., Franco, A.

(2016)

Migratory diversity predicts population declines in birds

in Ecology Letters

19.

pp. 308–317

Full Text UEA Repository

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Catry, I., Catry, T., Alho, M., Franco, A., Moreira, F.

(2016)

Sexual and parent-offspring dietary segregation in a colonial raptor as revealed by stable isotopes

in Journal of Zoology

299.

pp. 58–67

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Gilbert, N., Correia, R., Silva, J. P., Pacheco, C., Catry, I., Atkinson, P., Gill, J., Franco, A.

(2016)

Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population

in Movement Ecology

4.

Full Text UEA Repository

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Finch, T., Dunning, J., Kiss, O., Račinskis, E., Schwartz, T., Sniauksta, L., Szekeres, O., Tokody, B., Franco, A., Butler, S.

(2016)

Insights into the migration of the European Roller from ring recoveries

in Journal of Ornithology

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Correia, R. A., Franco, A. M. A., Palmeirim, J. M.

(2015)

Role of the Mediterranean Sea differentiating European and North African woodland bird assemblages

in Community Ecology

16.

pp. 106-114

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Gillingham, P. K., Bradbury, R., Roy, D. B., Anderson, B. J., Baxter, J. M., Bourn, N. A., Crick, H. Q. P., Findon, R. A., Fox, R., Franco, A., Hill, J. K., Hodgson, J. A., Holt, A. R., Morecroft, M. D., O'Hanlon, N. J., Oliver, T. H., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Procter, D. A., Thomas, J. A., Walker, K. J., Walmsley, C. A., Wilson, R. J., Thomas, C. D.

(2015)

The effectiveness of protected areas in the conservation of species with changing geographical ranges

in Biological Journal Of The Linnean Society

115.

pp. 707–717

Full Text UEA Repository

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Correia, R., Haskell, W. C., Gill, J., Palmeirim, J., Franco, A.

(2015)

Topography and aridity influence oak woodland bird assemblages in southern Europe

in Forest Ecology and Management

354.

pp. 97–103

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Finch, T., Saunders, P., Avilés, J., Bermejo, A., Catry, I., de la Puente, J., Emmenegger, T., Mardega, I., Mayet, P., Parejo, D., Račinskis, E., Rodriguez-Ruiz, J., Sackl, P., Schwartz, T., Tiefenbach, M., Valera, F., Hewson, C., Franco, A., Butler, S.

(2015)

A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird

in Diversity and Distributions

21.

pp. 1051–1062

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Sullivan, M. J. P., Davies, R. G., Mossman, H. L., Franco, A. M. A., Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

(2015)

An anthropogenic habitat facilitates the establishment of non-native birds by providing underexploited resources

in PLoS ONE

10.

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Catry, I., Catry, T., Patto, P., Franco, A. M. A., Moreira, F.

(2015)

Differential heat tolerance in nestlings suggests sympatric species may face different climate change risks

in Climate Research

66.

pp. 13-24

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Mair, L., Thomas, C. D., Franco, A. M. A., Hill, J. K.

(2015)

Quantifying the activity levels and behavioural responses of butterfly species to habitat boundaries

in Ecological Entomology

40.

pp. 823-828

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Kallioniemi, E., Zannese, A., Tinker, J. E., Franco, A. M.

(2014)

Inter- and intra-specific differences in butterfly behaviour at boundaries

in Insect Conservation and Diversity

7.

pp. 232-240

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Cerdeira, J. O., Monteiro-Henriques, T., Martins, M. J., Silva, P. C., Alagador, D., Franco, A. M. A.

(2014)

Mathematical contributions to link biota with environment

in Journal of Vegetation Science

25.

pp. 1148–1153

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Grundy, J. P., Franco, A. M. A., Sullivan, M. J. P.

(2014)

Testing multiple pathways for impacts of the non‐native Black‐headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus on native birds in Iberia in the early phase of invasion

in Ibis

156.

pp. 355-365

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Sullivan, M. J. P., Grundy, J., Franco, A. M. A.

(2014)

Assessing the impacts of the non‐native Black‐headed Weaver on native Acrocephalus warblers

in Ibis

156.

pp. 231-232

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Catry, I., Franco, A., Moreira, F.

(2014)

Easy but ephemeral food: exploring the trade-offs of agricultural practices in the foraging decisions of Lesser Kestrels on farmland

in Bird Study

61.

pp. 447-456

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Catry, I., Catry, T., Granadeiro, J. P., Franco, A. M. A., Moreira, F.

(2014)

Unravelling migration routes and wintering grounds of European rollers using light-level geolocators

in Journal of Ornithology

155.

pp. 1071-1075

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Catry, I., Franco, A., Rocha, P., Alcazar, R., Reis, S., Cordeiro, A., Ventim, R., Teodósio, J., Moreira, F.

(2013)

Foraging Habitat Quality Constrains Effectiveness of Artificial Nest-Site Provisioning in Reversing Population Declines in a Colonial Cavity Nester

in PLoS ONE

8.

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Pedley, S., Franco, A., Pankhurst, T., Dolman, P., Ecology, Evolution

(2013)

Physical disturbance enhances ecological networks for heathland biota: A multiple taxa experiment

in Biological Conservation

160.

pp. 173-182

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Catry, I., Amano, T., Franco, A., Sutherland, W.

(2012)

Influence of spatial and temporal dynamics of agricultural practices on the lesser kestrel

in Journal of Applied Ecology

49.

pp. 99-108

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

My research group works in four core research areas:

  • Unravelling the mechanisms underlying changes in dispersal capacity and migratory behaviour and their links to global environmental change
  • Development of niche theory and envelop models for native and non-native species
  • Conservation of endangered species
  • Selection of priority areas for conservation.

These research areas come together to understand the mechanisms underlying species range changes, this information is essential to identify appropriate conservation measures for endangered species and biodiversity in a changing world.

We interact with several Environmental NGOs (BTO, SEO, LPN, SPEA, SOS Storch) based in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, and aim to produce scientific evidence that can be used to design effective conservation measures aiming to protect endangered species and conserve biodiversity.

My group is dynamic and international.  I will be happy to establish new collaborations and supervise PhD students in the areas mentioned above.


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Research Group Membership

 

Ines Catry
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2013-2017)
FCT Project: Effects of climate on the breeding biology, habitat quality and population dynamics of steppe birds

http://www.isa.utl.pt/ceabn/membro/1/48/ines-catry   

 

James Gilroy
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2014-2016)
NERC Project: Migratory decisions in a changing world: mechanisms and drivers of changing migratory behaviour 

http://www.uea.ac.uk/lesser-kestrel-migration/ 

 

Kate Rogerson
PhD student (2015-2018)
Project: Mechanisms driving changes in the migratory behaviour of long-lived birds in response to global environmental change

 Phil Saunders
PhD student (2012-2016)
Project: The role of habitat and climate change in recent declines in Eastern and Western populations of European rollers (Coracias garrulus)
 

Osgur McDermott Long
PhD student (2013-2017)
Project: Response of Biodiversity to Climate Variability and Climate Change

  
 Past lab members
 

Nathalie Gilbert
NERC PhD student CASE project with BTO (2011-2015)
Project: The role of climate and habitat changes in changing species migratory decisions and population dynamics

 

Ricardo Correia
FCT  PhD student (2010-2014)
Project: Climate change effects on land use and bird communities of Iberian Peninsula extensive agricultural systems: a conservation approach (with J. Palmeirim, University of Lisbon)

 

Martin Sullivan
NERC PhD student (2010-2013)
Project: Environmental and climatic factors that influence current and future distributions of non-native breeding bird species in Southern Europe

 

Audrey Zannese
Post-doctoral Research Fellow (PDRA) (2010-2013)
NERC project: The role of dispersal on species’ ability to respond to climate change

 Eveliina Kallioniemi
UEA PhD student (2009-2013)
Project: The role of dispersal on species ability to track climate change

Key Responsibilities

  • Director of the International Master in Applied Ecology at UEA http://www.emmc-imae.org/ 
  • Director of Post-Graduate Teaching Programmes

Administrative Posts

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes at the School of Environmental Sciences