Dr Laura Kubasiewicz
Visiting Research Fellow (Mammal Society)
Accurate measures of population density and demographic rates are key components in wildlife conservation, but these are difficult to obtain when species are elusive or rare. My interest lies in developing non-invasive techniques to measure these parameters, such as the use of genetic identification from scat or shed hair samples. I am also interested in the use of meta-analysis to better understand the status and trends in populations of species which are difficult to detect. My interest in non-invasive techniques extends to investigating their use in wildlife management. For example, I tested the efficacy of diversionary feeding to replace culling or translocation to mitigate conservation conflicts.
Currently, I am conducting a project for the Mammal Society to assess mammal populations on a broader scale. The project aims to provide up to date estimates of the population size and status of all British terrestrial mammals.
Broad research specialisms:
- Conservation biology
- Wildlife demography
- Non-invasive genetics
- Conservation-conflict mitigation
2004 BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Microbiology - University of Sheffield
2009 MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation - Imperial College, London (Distinction)
2014 PhD on Monitoring European Pine martens in Scottish forested landscapes – University of Stirling
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