James Baker
Research Technician

Profile

Having grown up in the Devon countryside I have always had a keen interest in wildlife and conservation, with much of my interest involved in the outdoors. After completing a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering and a PGCE in primary teaching in 2007, I began pursuing a career in ecology. I initially worked for a wildlife consultancy specialising in bat ecology. During this time I gained a wealth of experience in bat conservation and research; undertaking numerous building and habitat surveys to inform development, with particular focus on conserving bats and their roost sites. I also spent the summer of 2011 researching the interaction of a large lesser horseshoe roost and the surrounding habitat using various survey techniques including an extensive period of radio-tracking. In 2012 I joined The Vincent Wildlife Trust to work on a joint project with the University of Exeter, researching the impact of artificial lighting on bats in Southwest England and Wales.

Broad research specialism

  • Bat ecology
  • Wildlife surveying techniques

Qualifications

2001 BEng Materials Sciences and Engineering, University of Wales
2006 PGCE in primary teaching, University of Exeter

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