Dr Jenni McDonald
Associate Research Fellow


I'm currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Exeter University (Penryn campus). I am working on a NERC grant with Dr. Dave Hodgson to investigate the demographic buffering hypothesis, a theory that predicts that important life history traits should be buffered against environmental change. I have a background in population ecology and disease ecology, and my research interests range from comparative demography and the evolution of life histories, to the socio-environmental importance of cat ownership in the UK.

I am a member of the Equality and Diversity Working Group.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Matrix population modelling
  • Bayesian population analysis
  • Capture-Mark-Recapture


2008 BSc (Hons) Zoology (1st) Reading University
2010 MSc Conservation and Biodiversity (Distinction) University of Exeter
2014 PhD Biological Science University of Exeter

Contact details

AddressThe Farmhouse
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE, UK

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