BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
Research Project

Tropical fieldwork in Madagascar

Tropical field course work

The research project is a very important part of your degree programme. Apart from the credit weight allocated to the project, this is the part that employers most want to hear about since it is during your project that you are most able to display qualities such as initiative, independence, ability to work under inclement conditions, data collection and analysis. The types of projects you can do are many and varied. You can collect data during the summer months or during the term time. You can work on plants, invertebrates or invertebrates, existing data sets, media, outreach and education projects. You can even work overseas. We currently offer several students the opportunity to carry out their project work in South Africa on topics such as leopard conservation. We are working on extending these opportunities from 2015.

Peer reviewed publications


At the end of the project period you will have a thesis and a mark. We hope that it will be a good mark and that as referees we have lots of good things to say about you. But, all students of ecology will have such a thesis and we would like you to have a little more than this to set you apart from the masses. We are working very hard now and into the future to ensure that as many student projects are published in peer reviewed journals as possible. Having a publication on your CV is a big deal and says a lot about you. Of course, we cannot guarantee publication; that will depend on a variety of things, including a slice of good luck. Nearly all students are perfectly capable of generating a data set of sufficient quality to lead to publication so the policy within the School of Biological Sciences is that the publication rate will rise. To give you a feel for what is happening at the moment here are a few publications from the last couple of years with student authorship:

  • Pirie, T.J., Thomas, R.L., Reilly, B.K. and Fellowes, M.D.E. (2014) Interactions between a male leopard (Panthera pardus) and two generations of his offspring. African Journal of Ecology. ISSN 1365-2028 (in press)
  • Barnett, J. B., Benbow, R. L., Ismail, A. and Fellowes, M. D. E. (2013) Abundance and diversity of anurans in regenerating former Oil Palm plantations in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. Herpetological Bulletin. (in press)
  • Williams, B.; Hudson, S.; Murton, S.; Putman, S.; Schroepfer, K.; Yarnell, R.; Baker, P. (2104) Is there light at the end of the tunnel: using footprint-tunnels to detect hedgehogs in suburban gardens. The Mammal Society
  • Callegari, S.E.; Bonham, E.; Hoodless, A.N.; Sage, R.B. and Holloway, G.J. (2014) Impact of Game Bird Release on the Adonis Blue Butterfly Polyommatus bellargus (Lepidoptera Lycaenidae) on Chalk Grassland. European Journal of Wildlife Management (in press)
  • Foster, C.W.; Kelly, R.; Herridge, S. and Holloway, G.J. (2014) Sex ratio distortion in Anaspis maculata and Anaspis pulicaris. European Journal of Entomology (in press)
  • Foster, C.W.; Kelly, R.; Herridge, S. and Holloway, G.J. (2015) The use of Umbelliferae flowers as sampling units to assess the effects of landscape structure and composition on levels of invertebrate diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology (in press)

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