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Anthony Caravaggi

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

University of South Wales

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Conservation Biology and ecologist 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. I am interested in applying new technologies to conservation questions, and connecting people with science and nature.

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

Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive / endangered species
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Movement & spatial ecology
  • Community & population ecology

Education

  • 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

Teaching

As a teacher I aim 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 research 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.

Alli Barg (MSc). Collision hotspots and probabilities for polecats in Wales. University of South Wales & Vincent Wildlife Trust.

Bianca Gittens (MSc). Multi-species occurrence models of urban garden mammals based on citizen science data. University of South Wales & People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

Sophie Hazell (MSc). Comparing different sources of citizen science data in unstudied locations across the UK. University of South Wales & University of Exeter.

Jessica Stone (MSc). Long-term changes in wader roost composition in the Severn Estuary. University of South Wales & Farmer’s Union of 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
This module aims to develop subject-specific skills through the use of meaningful examples in experimental tasks, underpinned with theoretical content, including subjects such as behavioural sciences, genetics, ecological principles and field biology.

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.

GE3D002 - Natural History Research Project
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.

Teaching
2018-
BI3D104 - Natural History Research Project
BI3S109 - Advanced Ecology
GE0S04 - Foundation in Natural History
GE1S008 - Observational Fieldwork
GE1S010 - Natural History
GE2S008 - Biodiversity & Biogeography
GE2S017 - Research Methods in Natural History
GE3S008 - Natural History Field Expedition
GE3S009 - Mediterranean Field Expedition
ES4H001 - Environmental Management and Legislation
ES4H002 - Wildlife Surveying
ES4S009 - Restoration Ecology
ES4S010 - Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation
ES4S011 - European Field Expedition
ES4T001 - MSc Research Project

2020-
GE3D002 - Natural History Research Project

University College Cork (2017-18)
Module leader
2017-18
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

Opportunities

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.

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

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