Jamie Cranston
PhD student


I am a second year PhD researcher at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation, based at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. I am part of the Fundamental and Applied Biogeography group (FABio – https://www.fabiogeography.com/) looking at species newly establishing in Great Britain which have arrived under their own powers of dispersal, so called “Natural Colonists”.

I am interested in the intersection of science and society where policies must be developed to protect the natural world and we who rely on it. My research will investigate the effects of Natural Colonists with their new environment, using cutting edge modelling techniques. Moreover, I will broaden this perspective by using a range of methods from the social sciences to understand current shortfalls in the management of these species and potential pathways to improvement. My aim is to improve the monitoring of non-native species regardless of their origin.

Prior to embarking on this studentship with Dr Regan Early, I did a Master’s course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the University of Oxford, with a thesis examining media coverage of human movements of wildlife.

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Broad research specialisms

  • Invasion Biology
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Species Distribution Modelling


  • 2016 MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, University of Oxford
  • 2014 BA Hons Natural Sciences (Zoology), University of Cambridge

Contact details

AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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