Affiliated PhD Student
- 2010-present: PhD research student, University of Bryansk, Russia and Institute of Zoology, London.
- 2010: Intern, Institute of Zoology, London.
- 2005-2010: M.Sc. Ecology, University of Bryansk, Russia.
My PhD is looking at the predicting of the distribution of Russian bats species in present and future. Western Russia is the key breeding ground for long-distance migratory bats and one of the most important breeding and foraging areas for Russia’s bats species. However, our understanding of the distribution of bats in Russia and their habitats remains extremely limited. In Russia, many species of bats are in decline with the main threats to populations being the loss of habitats and the disturbance of roost sites.
My PhD will use the geo-referenced bat occurrence data with spatial layers of habitat, human density and environmental data from existing global resources to develop niche models to understand the current requirements of bats found in Russia. Using models of future land-use, human demographic change and climate changes, it will be possible to generate a predictive model of future bat distributions in Russia and likely impact of future global change on bat populations.
My PhD is supervised by Dr Igor Prokofyev (University of Bryansk) and Dr Kate Jones (Institute of Zoology).
Biodiversity & Macroecology
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
London, United Kingdom