Research

Mark Hamblin

Research

Here you can find a live list of ideas and topics for research pieces (bachelor’s, masters’s theses, PhDs, articles etc.) that are currently relevant for rewilding and rewilding-related iniativies.

Send us an email if you are interested in researching on one of the topics below!

Free Flowing Rivers   

Importance of free-flowing rivers

In collaboration with Pao Fernández Garrido – World Fish Migration Foundation, Dam Removal Europe

  • Case study to show and verify the ecological benefits (before and after) of removing a barrier in the river;
  • Case study to evaluate the economic business potential and/or alternatives after a big dam removal (or several weir removals). Some example could be: the recovery of commercial fisheries, the increase of wild migratory fish angling, tourism rise
  • Evaluate economic savings following a decrease in erosions or flooding-related problems after dam removals.
  • Evaluate (in numbers) the huge importance of river fishing in an a chosen river in Europe 2 centuries ago, as a sustainable and free food source and job creation, and what would it mean nowadays if we could recover this.

Data & tools

In collaboration with Prof. Carlos Garcia De Leaniz – Swansea University, AMBER project

  • How to prioritise dam removal under data poor scenarios and how to account for uncertainty;
  • Study on barrier specific impacts;
  • Metrics and timelines for dam removal;
  • Building an evidence based narrative for dam removal;

Rewilding Europe

Analysis of the spatial and feeding behaviour of griffon vultures and cinereous vultures in a border area

Master’s thesis in collaboration with Rewilding Portugal and CIBIO
Period: 2023-2024 (adjustable)

Rewilding Portugal, in collaboration with CIBIO, is studying the movements and feeding ecology of scavenger birds using spatial data from griffon vultures and cinereous vultures tagged with GPS-GSM transmitters. The student will develop a methodology to automate the identification and categorization of feeding behaviours, resting points, colonies and other points of high use by the animals. The main goal is to define which factors influence the feeding behaviour of nesting scavenger birds in the Côa and Douro International Valley and which are the preferred habitats and food sources.

This is an exicting opportunity for final-year MSc students with interest on scavenger bird ecology and knowledge on geographical information systems and statistics (GIS, R-studio). The student will have the opportunity to support fieldwork involving verification of feeding points and monitoring of scavenger birds. Rewilding Portugal provides accommodation but the student should have autonomy in traveling to and from Guarda, Portugal.