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Dr Andrew Bladon

Dr Andrew Bladon

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Museum Room G.21
Office Phone: 01223 (7)65409

Biography:

I completed my PhD (2012-2016) in the Conservation Science Group in Cambridge, studying the impacts of temperature on the behaviour and distribution of two range-restricted endemic birds, the Ethiopian Bush-crow and White-tailed Swallow. Since then, I have worked for the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, leading two projects assessing the effectiveness of Higher Level Stewardship agri-environment schemes in delivering population recovery of threatened farmland bird species (2016-2018). I joined the Insect Ecology Group in April 2018.

Research Interests

I am interested in the ecological determinants of species ranges, and the impact that human-induced changes are having on species behaviour and distribution. My current research focusses on the ability of within-reserve habitat management to create suitable microclimates for butterfly species in the UK. In the face of climate change, incorporating effective microclimate management into traditional habitat management on reserves is increasingly important, as creating a range of climatically suitable sites within the landscape may be crucial to allow cold-adapted species to persist in refugia, and to create "stepping stones" for warm-adapted species as they shift their range northwards to track climatic suitability. My study sites for this project are a network of Wildlife Trust and RSPB chalk grassland reserves in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Wiltshire.

Keywords

  • Insect Ecology

Key Publications

Bramer I, Anderson BJ, Bennie J, Bladon AJ, De Frenne P, Hemming D, Hill RA, Kearney MR, Korner C, Korstjens AH, Lenoir J, Maclean IMD, Marsh CD, Morecroft MD, Ohlemuller R, Slater HD, Suggitt AJ, Zellweger F & Gillingham PK (2018) Advances in monitoring and modelling climates at ecologically relevant scales. Advances in Ecological Research, 58, 101–161.  DOI: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2017.12.005

Bladon AJ, Morris AJ, Grice PV, Phillips J & Peach WJ (2018). Selective use of bespoke habitat management areas by target farmland bird species. Aspects of Applied Biology, 139, Ecosystem and Habitat Management: Research, Policy, Practice, 3–14.

Jones SEI, Bladon AJ, Collar NJ, Dadacha G, Denge J & Donald PF (2018). Varied diet and opportunistic foraging in the Ethiopian Bush-crow Zavattariornis stresemanni: an Endangered generalist. Ostrich, 89 (1): 41–46. DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2017.1373309

Other Publications

Bladon AJ, Jones SEI, Collar NJ, Dellelegn Y, Donald PF, Gedeon K, Green RE, Spottiswoode CN, Töpfer T & Wondafrash M (2016). Further notes on the natural history of the Ethiopian Bush-crow Zavattariornis stresemanni. Bulletin of the African Bird Club, 23 (1): 27-45.

Bladon AJ, Töpfer T, Collar NJ, Gedeon K, Donald PF, Dellelegn Y, Wondafrash M, Denge J, Dadacha G, Adula M & Green RE (2015). Notes on the behaviour, plumage and distribution of the White-tailed Swallow Hirundo megaensis. Bulletin of the African Bird Club, 22 (2): 148-161.

Kirby WB, Bellamy PE, Stanbury AJ, Bladon AJ, Grice PV & Gillings S (2015). Breeding season habitat associations and population declines of British Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes. Bird Study, 62 (3): 348–357. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1046368