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Dr Alastair Ward

Head of Department, Biological and Marine Sciences

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Glasgow)
  • MSc (University of York)
  • PhD (University of York)

Summary

Alastair Ward is an applied vertebrate ecologist who researches sustainable solutions to problems between people and wildlife.

He specialises in the ecology and management of wild vertebrates and the involvement of wildlife in the epidemiology of livestock diseases.

He is particularly interested in the use of uncertainty in wildlife management decision-making.

Alastair is Honorary Scientific Advisor to the British Deer Society, sits on the IUCN/SSC Deer Specialist Group, the Mammal Society's Scientific Advisory Committee and the GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership.

Journal Article

Short-term movements and behaviour govern the use of road mitigation measures by a protected amphibian

Matos, C., Petrovan, S., Wheeler, P., & Ward, A. (2019). Short-term movements and behaviour govern the use of road mitigation measures by a protected amphibian. Animal Conservation, 22(3), 285-296. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12467

Landscape connectivity and spatial prioritization in an urbanising world: a network analysis approach for a threatened amphibian

Matos, C., Petrovan, S. O., Wheeler, P. M., & Ward, A. I. (2019). Landscape connectivity and spatial prioritization in an urbanising world: a network analysis approach for a threatened amphibian. Biological Conservation, 237, 238-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.06.035

Modeling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence‐only data: a case study on British deer

Croft, S., Ward, A. I., Aegerter, J. N., & Smith, G. C. (2019). Modeling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence‐only data: a case study on British deer. Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5424

Exclusions for resolving urban badger damage problems: Outcomes and consequences

Ward, A. I., Finney, J. K., Beatham, S. E., Delahay, R. J., Robertson, P. A., & Cowan, D. P. (2016). Exclusions for resolving urban badger damage problems: Outcomes and consequences. PeerJ, 4(10), e2579. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2579

Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt

Matos, C., Petrovan, S., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt. PeerJ, 2017(2), e2922. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2922

Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits

Lush, L., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits. Journal of Zoology, 303(1), 36-45. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12461

Quantifying the bias in density estimated from distance sampling and camera trapping of unmarked individuals

Chauvenet, A. L., Gill, R. M., Smith, G. C., Ward, A. I., & Massei, G. (2017). Quantifying the bias in density estimated from distance sampling and camera trapping of unmarked individuals. Ecological Modelling, 350, 79-86. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.007

Postgraduate supervision

Alastair welcomes applications for MSc by research and PhD studies in wildlife management and conservation, mammal ecology, aeroecology and wildlife disease ecology. For funded opportunities, follow this link.

Completed PhDs

- Petrovan, S. (2012) The landscape ecology of brown hares and European rabbits in pastures in the north east of England, University of Hull

- Palmer, G. (2014) Deer in Britain: population spread and the implications for biodiversity, Whitehead Trust

- Lush, L. (2015) Functional ecology of the interactions between wild and domestic herbivores, University of Hull

- O'Neill, H. (2016) Deer, biodiversity management and ecotourism in the Hebrides: conflict or mutual benefit?, NERC and Fera

Current PhD supervisions

- Matos, C., Pond-breeding amphibians and connectivity through tunnels: maintaining Triturus cristatus movements using road mitigation, Natural England and University of Hull

- Logan, T., Ecology and management of deer on Thorne Moors, Self-funded MSc by research