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- Thesis title: Integrating climate and species modelling to predict movements of migratory and nomadic birds in sub-Saharan Africa
- Supervisor: Dr Martin Dallimer, Dr Ann-Kristin Koehler (School of Earth and Environment), Prof Andrew Challinor (School of Earth and Environment), Prof Robert Cheke (Natural Resources Institute), Prof Stephen Willis (Durham University)
Working within the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds, my research broadly aims to explore how climate change will threaten future food security in sub-saharan Africa. My research is funded by the Panorama NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.
The main focus of my project will be developing statistical models that can predict the movements of migratory and nomadic crop pests, based upon climatic variables and land-use patterns. This understanding can then be used to forecast crop pest distributions under climate change and inform critical management to protect food security.
Specifically, this study will investigate movements of the African bird, the red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea), which is a serious crop pest that damages staple cereal crops, such as wheat, rice and sorghum.
- Food security
- Climate change impacts
- Conservation biology
- Integrated masters in Biological Sciences (MBiol), Durham University, UK.