Project team members:
Dr James Gilroy
James works as a postdoctoral researcher on the project, based at the University of East Anglia. James completed his PhD in 2007, having studied the ecology and conservation of yellow wagtails in British farmland. Since then, he has worked on various studies including the impacts of land-use change on biodiversity in the Colombian Andes, and detailed studies of the ecology of endangered sparrows in the Florida Everglades. His main interests lie in understanding how animals make decisions, and how these decisions can influence patterns at the population-scale.
Dr Aldina Franco
Aldina Franco is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. She is a conservation ecologist interested in the consequences of global change on biodiversity. She is particularly interested in the factors limiting species distribution and abundance in a changing world. Species ranges are shifting in response to global change, thus understanding the mechanisms that enable range change is crucial. Her research focuses on understanding dispersal and migratory strategies of animals, key processes that enable range change, from both macro ecological and mechanistic perspectives. She works alongside practitioners to develop adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a changing world.
Dr Javier Bustamante
Javier is Director of Wetlands at Estación Biológica de Doñana. He is currently working in spatial ecology. His background is that of a field ornithologist, that has gradually moved more into mathematical models of species distributions, statistical analysis, geographical information systems and remote sensing. He started working in behavioural ecology of birds of prey (Parent-offspring conflict in kites, ospreys and kestrels was the subjects of his PhD thesis work). He also did some research in penguin reproductive ecology --Chinstrap penguins-- in Antarctica, and then moved into species distribution modelling (SDM). The fact that you need environmental predictors in species distribution models led him to start working with GIS and remote sensing. He continues working with Lesser kestrels (Falco naumanni) in a long term research project, building an automatic monitoring system for a breeding colony in Andalusia using GPS-dataloggers, accelerometers and smart nest-boxes. He also does research in species distribution models in Spain and South America. He is interested in many different aspects, but specially in building tools that can be used in species conservation, management and conservation planning at different spatial scales. In remote sensing, he is particularly interested in the use of satellite images for time series analysis, to be able to reconstruct how natural systems work at large spatial scales. He currently has a project on historical reconstruction of the flood dynamics of Doñana wetlands.
Dr Inês Catry
Inês is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centro de Ecologia Aplicada Prof. Baeta Neves in Lisbon, Portugal. Her main research interests include the ecology and conservation of steppe-land birds, bird migration and the impacts of climate change on birds. She has been working with lesser kestrels for the last 15 years, studying the ecology, behaviour, migration and demography of the Portuguese population. She joined this project because she is particularly interested in tackling the mechanisms through which migratory behaviour can be altered and the influence of climate change and habitat loss on these mechanisms.
Professor Jenny Gill
Jenny is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of East Anglia. Her research is primarily focussed on how migratory bird systems respond to environmental changes, the causes and consequences of these responses and the implications for conservation of these species. She uses long-term tracking studies of marked individuals together with observational and experimental field studies to explore the ecological and evolutionary drivers of migratory systems, and their responses to land use and climate changes.
Amadeo works as a field technician on the project, collecting data on the migration and biology of Lesser Kestrels at colonies in southern Spain. An avid field ornithologist and bird ringer, Amadeo has many years of experience working with a wide range of bird species. Amadeo is passionate about the conservation of birds in his home region of Andalusia.
Manolo is an expert bird ringer, working for the Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain. Manolo helps us collect data from breeding colonies and capture adult Lesser Kestrels for ringing.