Meet . . . our Equality & Diversity Working Group

Prof Juliet Vickery

Chair, Equality & Diversity Working Group

Juliet’s interest in ornithology started at Oxford with an undergraduate project on swifts and a DPhil on Dippers. ‘Hooked for life’ she went on to a Post doc at the University of East Anglia and research posts at Scottish Natural Heritage, University of Edinburgh and the British Trust for Ornithology. Juliet is now Head of the International Conservation Science in the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her own work focuses mainly on the impact of land use change on farmland and migratory birds and ways to integrate conservation and human development. The research of her RSPB team underpins the conservation of threatened sites, species and habitats throughout the world and strives to help build the scientific capacity of in-country partner organisations. She is committed to building an equal and diverse community of future conservation scientists and serves on steering committees of the Cambridge MPhil in Conservation Leadership, the Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science and is a member of the Darwin Initiative Expert Committee. Outside work she spends most of her time in the triathlon world of swimming, cycling and running.

Email Juliet | Follow Juliet on Twitter @juliet_vickery

Dr Ailidh Barnes *

Ailidh works as a Research Ecologist in the Monitoring Research Team at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) covering a wide range of projects related to understanding change in populations of birds and other taxa, and the effectiveness of protected areas. She completed her PhD at Bournemouth University in 2020 which consisted of collating and analysing bird survey data and habitat data through vegetation surveys and structural data from remotely sensed LiDAR to investigate bird-habitat relationships at a landscape scale. This encompassed not only measures of diversity and species richness but also measures of declining, conservation priority and rare species from bird trend data and population estimates in two contrasting landscapes.

Ailidh is also an Ex-officio committee member of the Tay Ringing Group and has contributed to the data collection in Wytham Woods with the University of Oxford, and in Trinidad with the University of Dundee.

Follow Ailidh on Twitter @AilidhBarnes

Dr Emma Cunningham

Council member

Emma gained her BSc in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and her PhD in the breeding ecology of wildfowl from the University of Sheffield. A Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship then took her to the University of Cambridge where she worked on the impact of avian brood parasitism on host reproductive strategies in neotropical birds in Central America. Since 2014 she has been based at the University of Edinburgh, initially supported by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, where her focus has been on maternal responses to infection in gamebirds and the impact of parasitism in seabird populations. She has previously sat on Council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in a number of roles, been a member of NERC College and and is currently an Associate Editor for the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Animal Ecology. She is currently leading the development of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Adapting to Environmental Change.

Steve Dudley

Chief Operations Officer

Steve has worked in and around ornithology, and in particular science communication, since 1985. He started life as an RSPB reserves engagement officer before moving to the BTO (membership development officer) and then, in 1997, appointed as the BOU’s as senior staff member to run the day to day operations of Union.

Steve’s role is very varied and means he has his fingers in most BOU pies including delivering all BOU conferences and events, running the business side of the BOU’s journal, IBIS, website development and content management and servicing BOU Council and its five Standing Committees. With a long-standing passion for communication, Steve undertakes all the BOU’s comms and social media (including the development of the BOU Twitter conferences), and in recent years has been actively involved in researching the ornithological community’s use of social media and has co-authored paper with Jen Smart (How social are ornithologists?, IBIS, 2016) and Tom Finch and Nina O’Hanlon (Tweeting birds: social media promotes citations in ornithology Royal Society Open Science, 2017). With a background in design, in 2019 Steve designed the new Janet Kear Union Medal replacing the BOU’s existing Union Medal which had been in service since 1912.

Follow Steve on Twitter @ stevedudley_

Dr Daniel Hayhow

Engagement Committee member

Daniel has been working in conservation science for the RSPB since completing his PhD at the University of East Anglia with Prof Jenny Gill on winter habitat use by Black-tailed Godwits in Ireland. In the Monitoring and Species Research section of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, Daniel has led national surveys for a range of scarce species including Hen Harrier, Dotterel, Snow Bunting, Chough and Golden Eagle. In recent years Daniel has led on a number of multi-partner publications including the 2016 and 2019 State of Nature reports.

Through this body of work Daniel has built up a broad knowledge of species ecology and conservation issues and practice. Passionate about engaging people with nature and conservation Daniel has been active in communicating with the public through radio, TV and print media as well as social media activities and citizen science projects.

In August 2020 Daniel will join Earthwatch as Research Lead in Urban Biodiversity, an exciting new challenge working on urban biodiversity studies as well as climate resilience and mitigation projects globally.

Dr Ashley Sendell-Price *

Engagement Committee member

Ashley recently obtained a DPhil from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, where he is currently a postdoctoral researcher. His research uses island colonising birds as a model system for studying the process of speciation and is particularly interested in the use of historical avian introductions as a means to study the very early stages of divergence/adaptation in the wild. In his current position, Ashley is using whole genome sequencing techniques to identify genomic regions underlying the ‘island syndrome’ – a repeated pattern of change seen in birds towards larger body size and slower life histories on islands.

Ashley is committed to increasing diversity in both science and ornithology and has taken an active role in the organisation of events to commemorate LGBT history month in Oxford and is a founding member of the Oxford Biology LGBTQ+ Network. As a member of the Engagement Committee and Equality & Diversity Working Group Ashley assists the BOU in its commitment to equality and diversity, as well as its engagement with members and the ornithological community.

Prof Rosie Trevelyan

Council member

Rosie is the Director of the Tropical Biology Association (TBA) and is a capacity building expert. Through the TBA, she has developed a programme of practical training combined with follow-up support that is building careers of conservation scientists and professionals from around the world. The TBA’s network spans over 70 countries and over 90% of TBA’s alumni are currently working in conservation-related fields. Rosie received the Zoological Society of London’s Silver Medal for contributions to wildlife conservation and education in 2008 and was the British Ecological Society’s equality and diversity champion, 2018. Rosie has a doctorate on the evolution of life history variation in birds from the University of Oxford. She is a founding member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and is co-organiser of the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.

Dr Leila Walker *

Leila has worked on farmland bird projects for the RSPB in the UK, and monitored breeding populations of Hihi (Notiomystis cincta) in New Zealand. During her PhD she investigated how nutritional conditions in early- and adult-life impacted hihi life-history traits. Previously she has been the Web Support Officer for BOU’s Engagement Committee. She currently lives in Denmark where she works as a freelance copyeditor, and in her free time enjoys exploring the Danish countryside.

* EDWG Secretariat