My two main research passions are bird migration and waders. I'm interested in relating events across the annual cycle to changes in the demographic processes influencing population change. My research also investigates how habitat and climate change influence patterns of avian distribution and abundance.

I obtained my PhD in 2012 from the Centre for Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where I studied the migratory connectivity patterns of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. I've been a research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology since 2013. One of my projects has included investigating habitat use of satellite-tagged cuckoos throughout their annual cycle with the aim of relating this to recent population declines in the UK. I have also been exploring the role of phenological mismatch in driving population declines of long-distance migrants, and the ecological drivers of change in British-breeding curlews.

I'm also Vice Chair of the Migrant Landbird Study Group, an international network of professionals and amateurs involved in the research, monitoring and conservation of migratory landbirds.

I enjoy hiking, camping, birding, ringing, photography, and orienteering!

Find me on Twitter
samantha.franks@bto.org
http://www.samanthafranks.org

 
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