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Urban raptors inhabit a socio-ecological environment where the resources therein, and their ability to safely access these, may be linked to human processes. For my PhD, I first study the breeding site and prey selection of urban peregrine falcons (falco peregrinus) in the UK, with a focus on London populations, to determine what the raptors’ ecological requirements are.

 

I then demonstrate how these resources are not free of human influence. On their predation opportunities, I compare their breeding season diets during and outside of COVID-19 lockdowns to understand how human activity may influence prey availability. I also use multispecies ethnography to highlight how the quality and availability of their breeding sites may be shaped by human-raptor interactions. Multispecies interactions can also lead to conflict, usually centred around perceptions of predation impacts on sensitive species. Thus, I also quantify the cultural “cost” of urban peregrine diets.

 

Finally, through a historical analysis of challenges to wildlife legislation in context of local and global events, I study how fickle relationships between humans and peregrines – mediated by social constructions of their prey – continuously reframes the raptors’ place in society and thus their ability to safely exist in their environment.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Cities, Master of Science, Kings College London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2018

Architecture, Master of Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 4 Jul 2017

Architecture, Bachelor of Arts, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • G Geography (General)
  • urban ecology
  • multispecies
  • socioecological
  • habitat quality
  • SF Animal culture
  • Raptor
  • Conservation

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