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Dr Alastair Ward

Senior Lecturer in Zoology/ Deputy Director, BSc Zoology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

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 deer and the involvement of wildlife in the epidemiology of livestock diseases, biosecurity on farms and mitigation of road impacts on protected species. 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

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

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

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. doi:10.7717/peerj.2579

Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild

Lush, L., Ellwood, S., Markham, A., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2016). Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild. Journal of Zoology, 298(4), 257-265. doi:10.1111/jzo.12308

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