Science and conservation for the world’s 2800 small mammal species

As Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group,  I work alongside Tom Lacher to lead the development of the group’s strategy, membership and operations, but focus particularly on the promotion of conservation science and action for the most threatened small mammals. My day job is Head of Conservation Science at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK, where I lead research for the Trust’s conservation programmes in Madagascar, Mauritius, Caribbean, and Pacific. We conserve a range of endangered mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile species and their habitats. My main research interests are in the dynamics, monitoring and conservation of threatened species populations. I first started studying small mammals in earnest during my PhD, when I investigated the predator-prey relationship between European badgers and hedgehogs.  Since then, I have led ecological field research on the status and conservation of small mammals in the Caribbean and Madagascar.