Evolution to dynamics

Marc Brouard

DPhil Student
University of Oxford

Autobiography

After graduating from Bangor University in 2010, with a BSc in Conservation and Forest Ecosystems, I worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Bangor, as an intern for a year. I was involved in a wide range of areas including salt marsh restoration, grazing effects on salt marsh, green house gas emissions on peat bogs, peat bog restoration and carbon catchment projects. My main focus was a project looking at the impact of grazing on small mammal communities on salt marshes. After completing the work with CEH I undertook a masters of research at Imperial College London, Silwood Park. The masters project looked at the possible affects an invasive species can have on the population dynamics and behaviour of rodents, in particular seed choice behaviour. For my DPhil I am looking at extending our understanding of predator prey relations to include individual heterogeneity.

Research Interests

I am interested in the population dynamics and life history of mammals and how the dynamics of the population and individual change in the presence or absence of other species in particular predators and prey. My focus is the collection of data from free-living wild populations, which we then use to parameterise a new class of mathematical model. These models can then be used to scrutinise life history evolution and population dynamics. I am also interested in the use of modern technologies to remotely monitor mammal populations, including the use of cameras.

Recent Publications

    1. Brouard, M. & Garbutt, A. 2011. Distribution of Priority Species associated with coastal BAP habitats in relation to Integrated Biodiversity Delivery Areas. Internal report to the England Coastal Biodiversity Integration Group.