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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

• 2016–present: Postdoctoral Research Associate -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. Supervised PhD student Catia Matos (graduated 2017), MRes student Paul Furnborough (graduated 2016)

• 2011-present Honorary Research Associate University of Hull (UK), Faculty of Science

• 2011 (Jan-Nov): Postdoctoral Research 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

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 includes the update for the Bird Conservation book as well as editing the annual What Works In Conservation volume. 

Some of my research work has been featured very widely in the media: 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/06/uk-common-toad-numbers-down-two-thirds-in-30-years 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/05/toads-nearly-endangered-after-suffering-massive-decline-in-30-ye/ 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39857697

https://www.farminguk.com/news/Britain-s-brown-hares-could-benefit-from-non-native-crops-grown-for-bioenergy_46390.html 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40445379

 https://theecologist.org/2017/jun/06/how-planting-bioenergy-crops-could-help-stop-britains-brown-hare-becoming-extinct

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170622153231.htm

Publications

Key publications: 

 

• Shackelford, G. E., Haddaway, N. R., Usieta, H. O., Pypers, P., Petrovan, S. O., & Sutherland, W. J. (2018). Cassava farming practices and their agricultural and environmental impacts: a systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence 7:30 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-018-0142-2

• Matos, C., Petrovan, S. O., Wheeler, P. M., & Ward, A. I. (2018). Short‐term movements and behaviour govern the use of road mitigation measures by a protected amphibian. Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12467

• Sutherland, W.J., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Petrovan, S. & Smith, R.K. (2018) What Works in Conservation 2018. Open Book Publishers: Cambridge, UK. DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0131

• Bates, K. A., Shelton, J. M., Mercier, V. L., Hopkins, K. P., Harrison, X. A., Petrovan, S. O., & Fisher, M. C. (2018). Captivity and exposure to the emerging fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans are linked to perturbation and dysbiosis of the amphibian skin microbiome. bioRxiv, 339853. https://doi.org/10.1101/339853

• Petrovan, S. O., Junker, J., Wordley, C. F., Kühl, H., Orth, L., Smith, R., & Sutherland, W. J. (2018) Evidence-based synopsis of interventions, a new tool in primate conservation and research. International Journal of Primatology https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-018-0017-y 

 Junker, J., Kühl, H.S., Orth, L., Smith, R.K., Petrovan, S.O. and Sutherland, W.J. (2017) Primate conservation: Global evidence for the effects of interventions. University of Cambridge, UK  https://www.conservationevidence.com/synopsis/download/21

• Franklinos, LH, Lorch, JM, Bohuski, E, Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J, Wright, ON, Fitzpatrick, L, Petrovan, S, Durrant, C, Linton, C, Baláž, V, Cunningham, AA, Lawson, B. (2017) Emerging fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in wild European snakes Scientific Reports 7: 3844 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03352-1    

• Petrovan, SO, Dixie, J, Yapp, E, Wheeler PM.  (2017) Bioenergy crops and farmland biodiversity: benefits and limitations are scale-dependant for a declining mammal, the brown hare. European Journal of Wildlife Research 63: 49. doi:10.1007/s10344-017-1106-5   

• 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  https://peerj.com/articles/2922/

White, K. J., Mayes, W. M., & Petrovan, S. O. (2017) Identifying pathways of exposure to highway pollutants in great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) road mitigation tunnels. Water and Environment Journal, 31(3), 310-316. https://doi.org/10.1111/wej.12244

• 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. link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10393-015-1054-z 

 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. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12002

• Petrovan SO, Ward A.I, Wheeler P. (2011) Detectability counts when assessing populations for biodiversity targets. PlosONE  6(9):e24206. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0024206

• 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-010-0394-9  

Other publications: 

•  Petrovan, SO (2018) Towards an evidence-based approach for road mitigation schemes for amphibians and reptiles in the UK–a reviewGlasgow Naturalist 27 (The Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland)

•  I.D.C Hill, C.A. Rossi, S.O. Petrovan, M Hartup, F Clark, J.R. (2018) Mitigating the effects of a road on amphibian migrations: a Scottish case study of road tunnels. Glasgow Naturalist 27 (The Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland)

• Petrovan, SO, Leu, M (2017) Hunting and Consumption of Passerine Birds by Wild Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) Waterbirds 40 (2), 187-190 doi: 10.1675/063.040.0212   

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.

 

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