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Dr Silviu O Petrovan


• 2016–present: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Conservation Evidence at the Conservation Science Group. Dept. Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK)

• 2011–2016: Conservation Coordinator at Froglife Trust UK- overseeing as part of senior management the strategic conservation planning, funding and implementation, coordinating conservation staff and activities between Froglife offices in London, Peterborough, Sheffield and Glasgow. Coordinating research and conservation delivery as well as student supervision including Erasmus Masters students and UK postgraduates. PhD student co-supervision Catia Matos. MRes student Paul Furnborough

• 2011-present Honorary Research Associate University of Hull (UK), Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences

• 2011: Postdoctoral associate working with Dr. Phil Wheeler on impact of biomass energy crops on farmland biodiversity, University of Hull (UK)- funded by People's Trust for Endangered Species.

• 2011: PhD Ecology. University of Hull & Food and Environment Research Agency (UK). PhD thesis: 
        Landscape ecology of brown hares and European rabbits in grassland areas in north-east England    

• 2007: MSc Taxonomy and Conservation. University of Bucharest, (Romania)

• 2003: BSc Veterinary Medicine. University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, (Romania)

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Conservation Evidence

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in understanding the effects of anthropogenic changes on biodiversity and improving evidence-based solutions for counteracting negative effects at population or landscape scale. My main areas of work have been on:
(1) road impacts (mortality, fragmentation,  isolation, pollution) on amphibian and small and medium-sized mammalian populations. This includes movement patterns and using road-based surveys for large-scale monitoring.

(2) harnessing the power of citizen science in long-term datasets for amphibians and reptiles including for emerging diseases.

(3) how landscape management shapes the outcome of plant-animal interactions such as grazing and species distribution in relation to lagomorphs.

My current work at Conservation Evidence is the production of the updated Bird Conservation book as well as the new What Works In Conservation volume. 

Key Publications

• Matos C, Petrovan S, Ward AI, Wheeler P. (2017Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newtPeerJ 5:e2922 

• Petrovan SO, Schmidt BR (2016) Volunteer Conservation Action Data Reveals Large-Scale and Long-Term Negative Population Trends of a Widespread Amphibian, the Common Toad (Bufo bufo). PLoS ONE 11(10): e0161943. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161943 

Lawson, B, Petrovan SO & Cunningham A.A (2015) Citizen science and wildlife disease surveillance Ecohealth, 12, 693-702.

Other Publications

•Petrovan, SO, Dixie, J, Yapp, E, Wheeler PM.  (Accepted April 2017) Bioenergy crops and farmland biodiversity: benefits and limitations are scale-dependant for a declining mammal, the brown hare. European Journal of Wildlife Research - Accepted

•Petrovan, SO, Leu, M (Accepted March 2017) Hunting and Consumption of Passerine Birds by Wild Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) Waterbirds - in press

White, K, Mayes, W, Petrovan, SO (2017 in press) Identifying pathways of exposure to highway pollutants in great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) road mitigation tunnels. Water and Environment Journal  

Wormald K, Downie R, Petrovan S, Neal, R. (2015) The Froglife Trust: Working for amphibians and reptiles in the UK and beyond The Herpetological Bulletin, 1-6.

Petrovan, SO, Ward, AI & Wheeler, PM (2013) Habitat selection guiding agri-environment schemes for a mammalian farmland specialist, the brown hare Animal Conservation 16 (3) 344-352.

Petrovan SO, Ward A.I, Wheeler P. (2011) Detectability counts when assessing populations for biodiversity targets. PlosONE  6(9):e24206. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.

Petrovan SO, Barrio I.C., Ward A.I, Wheeler P. (2011) Farming for pests? Local and landscape-scale effects of grassland management on rabbit abundances European Journal of Wildlife Research 57 27-34.