Author Archives: Aggie Thompson

News from the Maasai Mara!

Jambo! My name is Ana and my research project involves investigating the impact of various grazing intensities and land management on the vegetation and soil in the Maasai Mara. I know what you’re thinking – studying vegetation for an MRes in Wildlife Conservation? Yes! It’s important to understand how land management techniques alter the vegetation […]

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Research Project Updates!

The students’ research projects are well underway, with all students having now begun fieldwork. Here, Elaine, Emily and Carla share updates on their projects as well as providing some context on what they hope to achieve from their research. Elaine “I am using existing information about species held in zoos to examine reproductive success of […]

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Marwell in the Mara!

This year the MRes Wildlife Conservation team ventured to the Maasai Mara for the first time for their field course module. Nobody knew what to expect and we were all amazed by the amount and variety of wildlife we encountered. During our time in the Mara we also developed a variety of skills and contributed […]

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Lauren’s project – The demographics of China’s most vulnerable elephants

Hey there! I’m Lauren, one of the five students from the 2016/17 cohort. This year is now coming to an end and I would love to share my China experience with you all! Back in March, I was intending to study spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). I know what you must be thinking… what is this […]

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Welcome MRes Wildlife Conservation Cohort 2017/18!

Welcome to our 2017-2018 cohort of 10 new students! Having found their feet after starting the course back in October, they would now like to introduce themselves! Ana Giovanetti Background I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Before endeavouring in graduate school, I’ve participated […]

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Jo’s project – Ecosystem impacts of pika management

Hi everyone! It is time for my final blog post, which means the year has come to an end and I have finally finished my research project! Whilst there were challenges along the way, the experiences, particularly those from the data collection period, were fantastic and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss one second of […]

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Beth’s Project – Expanding the knowledge base for sand lizards (Lacerta agilis)

Hello, Beth here. I cannot believe we have come to the end of the course! It has all gone very quickly but we have learnt so much along the way. I really cannot thank everyone at Marwell Wildlife and the University of Southampton enough for the support and invaluable guidance they have given me over […]

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Victoria’s Project – Reptile species assemblages around Marwell

As a lover of field work, my UK-based eight-month research project for my Masters was something I had been anticipating most about the MRes, and I was not disappointed. My project focused on how certain land management (e.g. agricultural land vs conservation land) affects reptile species assemblages in Southern England. There are few published studies […]

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Aggie’s Project – Bat activity in a complex managed landscape

  What a busy year! The 2016-2017 students have now finished their course, and they would like to share with you how their individual research projects have developed over the past 10 months. In this post: Aggie! Woodland management, habitat structural features and landscape characteristics as predictors of bat activity Bats are an important indicator […]

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