Phil Bradshaw
PhD Research Student


I spent my early years working as a tree surgeon in which I managed my own business and undertook both contract and private work. I still maintain this business as a primary source of funding to support my career in conservation biology.

I started as a conservation biologist in 2002 and since this time I have worked and studied a broad range of taxa including brydes whales Balaenoptera edeni, common dolphins Delphinus delphis, orca Orcinus orca, griffon vultures Gyps fulvus and baw baw frogs Philoria frosti. However, my main specialty is working with marine turtles in which I have five seasons of experience on the Greek island of Zakynthos with ARCHELON - The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, in addition to seasons in Costa Rica (Sea Turtle Conservancy), Cape Verde (SoS Tartarugas) and the Cook Islands (Cook Islands Turtle Project, a subsidiary project of the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative).

I have worked with four species of marine turtle including greens Chelonia mydas, loggerheads Caretta caretta, hawksbills Eretmochelys imbricata and leatherbacks Dermochelys coriacea. I have extensive experience in all aspects of monitoring; conducting both marine and nesting beach surveys including night patrols to encounter nesting females. In addition to monitoring, I have also been involved in large scale public awareness campaigns and environmental education within schools. During my last position as the Administrator and Science Officer of the Cook Islands Turtle Project, I devised a sea turtle education module which is to be taught nationally.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Marine turtle ecology and conservation
  • Genotype sequencing and paternity analysis
  • Stable isotope analysis


BSc (Honors) Wildlife Management 2:1 (2002)
MSc Conservation and Biodiversity (2011)
At present – 1st yr PhD (2013 -2016)

Contact details

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

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