Chris Duffield, Scotland-based ecologist

Former IT professional, now a naturalist focusing on terrestrial ecosystems in north-western Europe.

My interests span the full breadth of life - animals, plants, fungi, slime moulds, and bacteria. I am particularly interested in the effects of (re-)introductions, extinctions, and invasive alien species on community interactions and ecosystem function.

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2019 with a BSc in Zoology with First Class Honours (magna cum laude). My Honours research project involved developing a novel Bayesian statistical model using JAGS in R to estimate age-specific survival and detection of UK Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus). The model also tested whether the probability of post-migration survival could be predicted from dates and metrics collected from juveniles prior to their first migration. My project won the David Arthur Prize for Best Ornithology Project and the Cecilia MacTaggart Prize for Best Honours Project in Zoology.

I currently volunteer in the entomology collection at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, identifying and preserving invertebrates which have been collected for research into the saproxylic insect communities in the ancient Cadzow Oaks.

Work history: LinkedIn
Projects: ResearchGate
Social media: Twitter
Work-related enquiries: Contact address

Investigating the contents of a rockpool at sunrise, Dale Fort, Wales, July 2017 At Trees For Life's Dundreggan estate in the Scottish Highlands during a tree-planting stay in June 2017 Coming across a Dor beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius) on a rock during a hike in Aberfoyle, June 2016 Long-term monitoring (ongoing since 2010) of winter birds in my local woodland, December 2014

I am also an endurance runner, vegan, tree-planter, writer (poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays), musician, Suede fan, and cat parent with my husband Kevin. I enjoy colourful veg dishes, languages, books, silence and solitude.