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Standard Research Project – University of Reading

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    Standard Research Project

Standard Research Project

Project module

Little OwlThe range of projects available for students to engage with is wide. In principle, students are able to carry out projects overseas as well as in the UK providing they have contacts, they are not proposing anything dangerous, they do not have to wait for bureaucrats to issue licences (you can wait forever), and that the proposal offers a reasonable opportunity to gather sufficient date around which to hang an excellent dissertation. Students are offered lists of projects to choose from compiled by a number of wildlife organisations, such as the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB etc (this is not an exhaustive list).

BeetlesStudents are not limited to choosing a project from these lists. Students are welcome to discuss potential projects with academics whose fields of research are attractive or to come up with their own project. Project topics can be pursued to enhance career prospects, to gain a scientific publication or simply because you are fascinated by the subject. If a student embarks on a project away from Reading it should be possible to negotiate breaking an accommodation contract with university accommodation (we do this every year).

The list of projects carried out over the years is vast. Examples include:

  • Effects of predators on ground nesting waders in the Avon Valley
  • Dispersion of Blue Iguana across Grand Cayman
  • Foraging range of White-backed Vultures in Southern Africa
  • Habitat requirements of dormice in Berkshire and Oxfordshire
  • Bat activity across the Warburg Reserve
  • Habitat requirements of the Fregate beetle on Fregate island, Seychelles
  • The extent of the illegal wildlife trade in the UK
  • Black Grouse nesting behaviour in Scotland
  • Conflict between elephants and people in Thailand
  • Prey selection by Red Kites in the Chiltons
  • The use of species lists to drive conservation action on nature reserves
  • Microhabitat differences among Odonata species in the new Forest
  • The value of allotments for urban biodiversity
  • Establishment of a sooty tern colony on Bird Island, Seychelles
  • Effect of paddy field intensification on amphibian density in the Philippines
  • Breeding habitat preferences in the European Glow Worm

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