Suzanne Richardson
PhD student


I am interested in the interactions between humans and wildlife, applying ecological principles in practical ways in the context of the human environment.  My background is in Zoology, in which I completed my BSc at Royal Holloway, University of London.  My undergraduate thesis was researching the behaviour of wild Buton macaques (Macaca brunnescens) in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, a species which was particularly understudied.  This project work in conjunction with ‘Operation Wallacea‘ developed my skills in research design and data analysis.  I then went on to complete my MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation at Reading University in 2006. This masters covered a wide range of practical and theoretical aspects of conservation. My MSc thesis evaluated the distance sampling survey technique, using domestic sheep as a model population. This research was a joint project with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and led to a publication in ‘Wildlife Research‘.  On completion of my MSc I was employed as a research assistant at the GWCT, during the five years at the Trust I gained valuable experience in a wide range of statistical and practical techniques which led to a series of publications.  Concurrently in my spare time I volunteered for Natural England and Bat Conservation Trust, gaining experience in bat conservation research and obtained my bat roost visitor license which led onto my PhD, starting in 2011 with Dr Fiona Mathews and Professor Dave Hosken at the University of Exeter. My PhD focuses on the impact of wind turbines on bats in the UK, with particular focus on understanding the reasons for their impact. This project is a DEFRA funded project and works in collaboration with Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Renewable UK, and Bat Conservation Trust.

Broad research specialism

  • Applied ecology
  • Wildlife management


2006 MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation, Reading University
2003 BSc (Hons) Zoology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Contact details

AddressHatherly Building
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Road

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