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Sophia Cooke

Sophia Cooke

PhD Student

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Research Interests

For my PhD I am studying the effects of roads on bird populations in the UK in attempt to quantify population declines due to traffic increases over the last forty years. I am using data from multiple sources such as the BTO’s BBS data and traffic data from Highways England to study the relationship between road density and bird population trends and to understand which aspects of roads e.g. noise/light levels are most important in predicting the impact they have. I am also undertaking similar analyses on the impact of roads on bats, using long-term monitoring data and with these results combined, will go on to investigate possible methods of mitigation.

In addition I am running a research project in the Galápagos Islands, focusing on an introduced bird species, the Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani, in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park. This is intended to be a long-term project which will attempt to quantify the impacts this bird is having on native fauna and ecosystems, analyse whether control or eradication is needed and how either of these might best be achieved. 

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