Anthony Caravaggi

Anthony Caravaggi

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

University of South Wales


I am a Lecturer in Conservation Biology at the The University of South Wales and the the Deputy Course Leader for BSc Natural History. My work is broadly focussed on conducting research that increases our understanding of species ecologies and informs conservation and management processes and policy. I am a member of USW’s Wildlife Ecology Research group.

I’m always open to new collaborations and speaking to prospective students. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss, please get in touch.

I am the Editor of Birds in Wales, Associate Editor of Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, and creator and organiser of the twitter-based science communication project, @Biotweeps.

  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive / endangered species
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Movement & spatial ecology
  • Community & population ecology
  • PhD in conservation biology and invasion ecology, 2016

    Queens University Belfast

  • MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation, 2011

    University of Leeds

  • BSc (Hons) in Zoology with Conservation, 2009

    Bangor University


As a tutor I focus on flexible delivery, aiming to provide my students with skills, knowledge and confidence critical to their academic and personal development. I take an inclusive approach, developing strong relationships and encouraging discussion. I work to support my students in all aspects while respecting their individuality and independence.

Current postgraduate students
Samantha Ball (PhD). Managing hares at Dublin airport. University College Cork.

Alan McCarthy (PhD). The importance of wintering ecology for the conservation management of Hen Harriers (Circus cyaneus) in Ireland. University College Cork.

Lynsey Devine (PhD). Impacts on freshwater invertebrates in UK uplands and the evaluation of monitoring and management techniques. University of South Wales.

Daniel White (MSc) Tracing the geneticv origins of introduced Aesculapian snakes in South Wales. University of South Wales.

University of South Wales (2019-present)
Module leader GE1S008 - Observational Fieldwork
Field-focussed, this module teaches fundamental ecological skills, including observational, surveying and recording techniques, species identification and behavioural observations.

GE2S008 - Biodiversity and Biogeography
Explores fundamental ideas in biogeography, including the global distribution or organisms in the past and present, and their relationships with physical environments.

GE2S017 - Research Methods in Natural History
Supports the development of subject-specific skills through the use of meaningful examples in experimental tasks, underpinned with theoretical content.

GE3S009 - Mediterranean Field Expedition
Field-focussed and centred on instrumental measurement, fieldwork surveys and analysis of material and data collected from areas within the Mediterranean biome.

GE3S010 - Wildlife Population Ecology (from 2020/21) Explores population and community ecology from fundamental principles to theoretical models, with a focus on practical applications.

GE3D002 - Natural History Research Project (from 2020/21) Organising the allocation of research projects for third-year students and associated assessments.

ES4S011 - European Field Expedition
Field-focussed and centred on field skills relevant to the study of terrestrial tetrapods, large mammals in particular.

BI3D104 - Research Project (to 2020/21) BI3S109 - Advanced Ecology
GE0S04 - Foundation in Natural History
GE1S008 - Observational Fieldwork
GE1S010 - Natural History
GE2S008 - Biodiversity & Biogeography
GE2S017 - Research Methods in Natural History
GE3D002 - Natural History Research Project (from 2020/21) GE3S008 - Natural History Field Expedition
GE3S009 - Mediterranean Field Expedition
GE3S010 - Wildlife Population Ecology (from (2020/21) GE3S011 - Ecological and Geological Fieldwork (2020/21) ES4H001 - Environmental Management and Legislation
ES4H002 - Wildlife Surveying
ES4S009 - Restoration Ecology
ES4S010 - Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation
ES4S011 - European Field Expedition
ES4T001 - MSc Research Project

GE3D002 - Natural History Research Project

University College Cork (2017-18)
Module leader
BL6024 Quantitative skills for biologists using R.
Quantitative skills required by postgraduate students to successfully conduct and publish their research, with a focus on data analysis and graphing, statistics, and basic modelling, as generally implemented by zoologists and ecologists.

Teaching 2017-18 BL6024 - Quantitative skills for biologists using R.

Queen’s University Belfast (2012-16) Introduction to GIS (Teaching Assistant)
Animal Biology (Teaching Assistant)
Undergraduate residential field courses


Prospective Students & Collaborators
I am always interested in hearing from prospective students and collaborators. I particularly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations.

Current Opportunities

I have no projects available at present. However, I am always happy to discuss potential collaborations. If you have something you’re interested in and think we’d work well together, please do get in touch.

Contact me for information.