Conservation Work

The O’Connell Lab

Ecological Research to Support Conservation Action

About Mark O’Connell

I have worked as a professional ecologist and conservation scientist for more than 25 years. I have a particular fondness for seabirds but have worked on a wide range of species and habitats. My PhD was on Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and I worked on penguins/albatrosses with the British Antarctic Survey (including three continuous years of fieldwork on South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula). My post-doc studies included research on Basking Sharks (2 years), Golden Plover and Greenshank (2 years) and Siberian Tigers (1 year). I worked for eight years as the Head of Research at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Much of my work now involves geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. I have successfully supervised nine PhD students and delivered a wide range of professional development courses for conservation practitioners around the world. For seven years I ran an independent research and capacity building group (ERT Conservation). During that time I developed and led a number of major international conferences on: Behavioural ecology (1) Spatial Ecology & Conservation (4) and Capacity Building for Conservation(4). I now lecture in Practical Ecology within the Department of Natural & Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire.

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