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Conservation Research Institute



I completed my undergraduate and 'honours' (Australian equivalent of a 1 year research masters) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. During my honours research I investigated how climate change may affect the breeding distributions of migratory shorebirds in the Arctic. I then worked for a couple of years with UQ and the Australian Antarctic Division on a number of projects related to sub-Antarctic and Antarctic conservation. I'm in my first year of a PhD at Cambridge.


I'm interested in how we can use big datasets to investigate and solve conservation problems on a broad scale. I'm particularly passionate about investigating climate change impacts on species, and am keen to pursue ideas about how palaeoecological/palaeoclimate data can be used to help make decisions. My research at Cambridge is to do with global patterns in waterbird decline, global patterns in wetland destruction and human impacts in the Arctic. 


Key publications: 

Wauchope H.S., Shaw J.D., Varpe Ø., Lappo E.G., Boertmann D., Lanctot R.B., Fuller R.A., (2016). Rapid climate-driven loss of breeding habitat for Arctic migratory birds. Global Change Biology. Early View: doi:10.1111/gcb.13404

PhD Student